Dr. Elizabeth Gray Named New Division Director of Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians at The Nature Conservancy

Chesapeake Bay Program Director Mark Bryer Named Interim Director for Maryland and Washington, D.C. Chapter.

BETHESDA, MD | December 07, 2016

Current Executive Director of the Maryland and Washington, D.C. chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Elizabeth Gray, has been named as the new Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians Division Director, effective January 2, 2017. 

Over her three and half years with the Maryland and DC chapter of the Conservancy, Dr. Gray has overseen the establishment of several cutting-edge initiatives, including an urban program aimed at reducing stormwater runoff, new approaches to controlling nutrient pollution on the Eastern Shore, and new programs to improve the region’s resiliency in the face of climate change.  She will continue to work closely with the Maryland and DC chapter in her new role as director of the regional division.

During the search for a new Executive Director, current Chesapeake Bay Program Director Mark Bryer has been named interim Director for the chapter.  Additionally, current Maryland and DC Director of Conservation Programs, Allison Vogt, will become the chapter’s new Deputy Director.

Reflecting on her time with the Maryland and DC chapter as well as her new position, Dr. Gray has released a statement that is excerpted below and can be read in its entirety here.

“As I step up into a new role as the Conservancy’s Division Director of the Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians, I am excited to build upon our chapter’s strong conservation legacy and expand our successes in Maryland and DC across the region. I will continue to work to see our chapter’s vision realized, and with Mark Bryer stepping into the role of Acting Director and Allison Vogt as our new Deputy Director, our future is in excellent hands. I am truly grateful for the time I served as Executive Director and am excited about the new opportunities I will have to see the chapter and its work grow and blossom.”

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