Gray Jernigan, Central Regional Director

Gray is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Psychology and Environmental Studies. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor and Master’s of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Upon returning home to North Carolina, he practiced law with a small private firm before serving as Staff Attorney and Communications Coordinator for Waterkeeper Alliance in Raleigh.

Gray joined MountainTrue in 2016 as Southern Regional Director based in our Hendersonville office. A year later, he founded the Green Riverkeeper program and assumed that title in addition to his regional director duties. In 2022, Gray moved into a new role as Central Regional Director based in our Asheville office, where he works to protect and enhance the special places we share in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Yancey, and Mitchell counties. He also leads MountainTrue’s Legislative Advocacy and Clean Water programs.

phone 828-423-0578