George Gay

George Gay

Senior Manager for the Climate Change Safeguards Program
Northeast Regional Center - Montpelier, Vermont

George Gay is the Senior Manager for the Climate Change Safeguards Program.

Mr. Gay received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech in 1981 and a law degree from Vermont Law School in 1985.

From 1990 to 1994, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Maryland and as counsel to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, Wildlife Service, and Freshwater Fisheries Administration.

From 1994 to 1997, he was General Counsel to Vermont’s Environmental and Water Resources Boards.

From 1999 through 2001, he was Southeast Regional Director of The Wilderness Society and during his tenure with TWS, he was Chair of the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, a coalition working to protect natural resources in the Southern Appalachians, and helped launch SAFC’s Great Forest Protection Campaign, a region wide effort to conserve unprotected National Forest lands in the South.

He served as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Alliance from May 2003 to January 2009 and created and coordinated the “Vermont Wildlife Partnership,” a diverse coalition of wildlife stakeholders dedicated to increasing funding for the state’s fish and wildlife legacy.

Mr. Gay has presented to numerous conferences and workshops on climate change and wildlife protection, including the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, NEAFWA, and the following states: NY, NH, VT, and NJ. He is a member of New York’s Biodiversity Working Group which is working to update the State’s Wildlife Action Plan to address climate change.