Cynthia Murphy-Ortega is currently a Manager with University Partnerships and Association Relations of Chevron Corporation. Her organization manages Chevron’s relationships with universities and professional societies and institutes throughout the world. Cynthia joined Chevron in 1991 as an engineer with the Richmond Refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. She held various engineering, maintenance, operations, financial, business planning and process safety management positions within the refinery.
Cynthia then went on to work in the technology arena with the Chevron Energy Technology Company in 1998. She developed and managed Chevron’s technical competency development programs for new hires in refining and exploration & production roles. She also worked in the Process Planning Group and performed process modeling on large-scale projects. In her role as Organizational Capability Manager with the Process, Analytical and Catalysis Dept, she supported technical competency management, staffing/recruitment, new hire and competency development, and business planning.
Cynthia participates on various Boards including the Dean’s Advisory Committee, the Chemical Engineering Advisory Committee, the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee and the Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention (LEADR) Advisory Committee at University of California, Davis; the Pacific Region Board for INROADS; the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity Advisory Committee at University of Colorado, Boulder; the Women’s Engineering Program Advisory Board at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; the Industry Advisory Council for Minority Education Opportunities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Petroleum Geosciences Advisory Board and Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board at Chulalongkorn University/Thailand. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.