An aspiring journalist at heart, Heather Murren works pro bono for The Nevada Independent. She is married to MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren. MGM is a major ($350,000) donor to The Nevada Independent.
Heather served as a commissioner on the White House Commission for Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a 12-member commission charged with identifying steps our nation should take to ensure our cybersecurity in an increasingly digital world. She was also appointed by Congress in 2009 to serve on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a 10-member federal commission established to examine the domestic and global causes of the financial crisis. The published book, The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, was listed on the New York Times bestseller list and was critically acclaimed.
Heather began her career on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers in 1988 as a research analyst and ultimately retired in 2002 as a managing director, Global Securities Research and Economics of Merrill Lynch where she was group head for the Global Consumer Products Equity Research effort. In this position, she coordinated the efforts of Merrill Lynch’s 16-member global consumer products team, encompassing analysts in Pacific Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. She was chosen six consecutive years as a member of Institutional Investor’s All-American Research Team and was profiled in Fortunemagazine as one of Wall Street’s all-star analysts while at Merrill Lynch.
After retiring from Wall Street in 2002, Heather co-founded the first non-profit cancer research and treatment center in Las Vegas, the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) where she served as Chairman until 2009 and CEO until 2006. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. She has also previously held a gubernatorial appointment to the Nevada Academy of Health and the Board of Economic Development for the state of Nevada.
Heather is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (SFA). Fluent in Spanish and French, she has served as a translator and medical assistant for Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare to the community regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Ms. Murren is also President of the Murren Family Foundation which focuses grants on education, health care and military veterans. She has been certified a Nationally Registered EMT – Basic NREMT (B).