Liz Murray knows exactly why stable relationships matter to underserved kids, because she was one herself. Her life was transformed for the better when her mentor, Arthur, dedicated himself to helping Liz realize her potential. Today, Liz’s opportunity to co-found The Arthur Project is the realization of a long-held, personal dream: to honor her late mentor by passing on his impact. Liz’s conviction that a strong mentor-mentee relationship can be transformative in a kid’s life—as it was in her own—underpins everything we do at The Arthur Project.
Liz was born in the Bronx, to loving but drug-addicted parents, who she lost early in life due to complications from HIV/AIDS. As an adolescent, Liz experienced homelessness while attending high school at Humanities Preparatory Academy, a NYS Performance Standards Consortium School, located in Manhattan. In addition to Arthur’s impact on her early life, Liz credits her high school experience at “Prep,” it’s progressive teaching model and outstanding educators with her ability to graduate despite tremendous adversity. She was subsequently awarded a college scholarship from the New York Times, and went on to graduate from Harvard University. Liz’s life story was made into an Emmy-nominated television film: Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. She is an inspirational speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau, and the New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.
Liz is married to her high school sweetheart, James. Together, they live in New York City and have two beautiful young children, Maya and William-Arthur.