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Alison Murawski

Chief Operating Officer

Pronouns: She/Her


  • M.P.A. in Public Administration: The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. in Communications: State University of New York at Fredonia

About Alison Murawski

Alison Murawski is RFA’s Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the senior management team, she contributes to the overall strategic direction and day-to-day management of the organization. Murawski also provides strategic oversight for RFA’s communications and human resources functions; partners with the RFA’s Chief Research Officer and Chief Financial Officer to direct and coordinate organizational and administrative operations; and directs the operations of RFA’s Board of Directors.

Murawski joined RFA in 2010 as its first Director of Communications. In that role, she developed and implemented an organization-wide strategy to increase RFA’s visibility and position the organization as a reputable source of information for media, clients/partners, and other stakeholders. This strategy resulted in exponential growth in visibility, including regular media placements in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrisburg Patriot-News, and features in the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR. She has also overseen multiple website development projects and partnered with research and communications staff to produce more than 80 high-quality research reports and briefs per year.

Prior to joining RFA, Murawski spent several years building and leading communications and advocacy efforts for multiple nonprofit organizations, including Good Schools Pennsylvania, an education advocacy group, and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a land use advocacy organization.

  • A fun fact about me is...

    I have an extensive collection of rare houseplants--currently 85!

  • When I'm not at work, you can find me...

    Playing outside with my three kids--Graham, Lauren, and Charlotte.

  • Currently binge watching...

    Virgin River

Recent Posts by Alison Murawski

Judith Adamson


In Memoriam: Judith Adamson

Judith A. Adamson, MBA, one of Research for Action’s founding members and its chief financial officer for more than 20 years, passed away on May 10, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer. Judy was unyieldingly committed to nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and provided her strategic finance and management expertise to build their capacity and … Continued


RFA’s Statement on the Death of Daunte Wright

Research for Action condemns the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of Minneapolis police. This is yet another moment of injustice for communities of color and especially Black communities. We acknowledge the pain that these continued police-involved shootings cause and will continue to speak out against them. RFA is dedicated to being an antiracist … Continued