Conservation & Development Council Director Named

Marcus Gray has been named Director for the North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D). He began his duties in September 2015 and will oversee the long-term and day-to-day operations of the organization.

The objectives of the role are to provide leadership and direct the business operations of the council, and represent the organization within the membership and externally with the general public, agencies and partners.

Formerly, Gray served as the Executive Director of the New River-Highlands RC&D in Southwest Virginia.  During his tenure in Virginia, Mr. Gray forged new partnerships, improved outreach efforts, coordinated successful events and enhanced relationships with current agency partners. Previously he was coordinator of science-based programs and research for the Safari Club International Foundation. SCI Foundation funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. In that capacity, Gray worked on large mammal conservation around the globe. He has administered a diverse range of projects for species in North America, Africa and Asia; facilitated educational outreach efforts, including symposiums concerning wildlife conservation; administered grant programs; and participated in internal and external communications efforts.

Gray has also served as the wildlife disease biologist and safety officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service responsible for the Commonwealth of Virginia and in related wildlife positions, including as a biological technician (wildlife) at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and as a graduate research assistant with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University.

He holds a Master of Science in wildlife science from South Dakota State University, and a Bachelor of Science in wildlife conservation from Maine’s Unity College. His wife, Jess, was recently named Head Field Hockey Coach for Drew University. Gray is excited to work with stakeholders in the North Jersey RC&D area to address complex natural resource management needs through collaboration.