Karen Murphy O’Brien
Chairman & CEO Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
Karen co-founded Murphy O'Brien with partner, Brett O'Brien,
following a successful career in luxury, hospitality and entertainment
public relations. Celebrating 25 years in business in 2014, Murphy
O’Brien is the third largest public relations firm in Los Angeles, with
nearly 50 talented industry professionals, primarily women.
Karen has cultivated relationships with top national media decision
makers and has managed award-wining campaigns for an impressive
collection of travel, lifestyle and real estate companies, many of whom
have been loyal clients since the founding of the agency. Murphy
O’Brien is consistently rated among the top 10 places in Los Angeles to
work by the Los Angeles Business Journal and nationally for PR News.
Karen is deeply committed to her work with several charitable and
philanthropic organizations, and serves as an active board member of
Chrysalis, an organization dedicated to creating a pathway to selfsufficiency
for the economically disadvantaged. She also serves as a
mentor to the many women whose careers she has helped foster and
Karen and Brett have two sons, Nicholas (16) and Christopher (12) and
live in Pacific Palisades, CA. Karen is an accomplished classically
trained pianist and enjoys travel, wine, cooking, yoga and hiking.
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