Peter Murphy is President and CEO of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). He is responsible for the formation of IPARKS as a response to the insurance crisis facing IAPD's membership and has been a member of the IPARKS Board since its inception in 1991. He has more than 40 years' experience with state and local government. Mr. Murphy joined the IAPD in1980 as the Association's General Counsel and was responsible for the initiation and passage of landmark legislation pertaining to park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation on statewide and national levels. As President and CEO, he has extensive experience in transitional leadership, customer service, and organizational design and development. He manages the Association's day-to-day operations and personnel and works with the IAPD Board of Trustees on the development and implementation of strategic plans and member-centric goals. He actively establishes corporate and nonprofit partnerships and directs all Association programmatic activity and services including advocacy, research, board member training, publications, education, public awareness and marketing. Mr. Murphy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.