Mary-Courtney Murphy supports the Center for Presidential Transition through research and data analysis on a variety of projects, including presidential nominations and Senate-confirmed positions. Her passion for public service stems from a familial background in local service through the fire department. Mary-Courtney developed an awareness of the need for robust and effective governance during her M.A. in International Security, where she concentrated on emerging security threats to democracy. Her favorite public servant is Samantha Power, current head of the U.S. Agency for International Development and author of A Problem from Hell because she has spent her career representing the U.S. on critical humanitarian issues.