Jason Gray

UCLA Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Project Director, Governor’s Climate and Forests Task Force


Jason Gray is an environmental attorney and climate policy expert who serves as Project Director of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF Task Force) at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. Jason previously served as chief of California’s Cap and-Trade Program at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state agency tasked with formulating and implementing the state’s world-leading climate policies. In this position, Jason oversaw a staff of more than 30 experts and managers tasked with designing and implementing California’s carbon market. He represented CARB within the GCF Task Force for nearly a decade, and previously served as manager of the Cap-and-Trade Program’s market monitoring section and as an attorney supporting the development and implementation of climate and air quality regulations at CARB. Jason has also worked on environmental education, biodiversity conservation, local capacity building, and sustainable development projects with the U.S. Peace Corps and WWF in the Central African country of Gabon. He received a B.A. in Biology and French from Gonzaga University, and a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.

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