On Jan. 7, 2021, Vermont Law School alumna and faculty member Molly Gray JD’14 was sworn in as Vermont’s 82nd lieutenant governor, becoming the fourth female in the state’s history to hold the position.
Prior to her election, Molly served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.
She has nearly a decade of experience working in the public and private sectors as a practitioner and researcher in the areas of human rights, international humanitarian law, business and human rights and national security.
Prior to returning home to Vermont to serve in the Attorney General’s Office, Molly worked as the Law and Policy Manager for the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) in Geneva, Switzerland, the first global multi-stakeholder initiative mandated to oversee the compliance of private security companies with human rights and international humanitarian law. In that capacity she launched the Association’s monitoring program and led field missions to East Africa, Nigeria and Iraq. Molly also oversaw the development of the first guidance on operating non-judicial grievance mechanisms.
Molly previously worked as a Congressional Affairs Associate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where she managed relations with the U.S. Congress and led field missions to Haiti, Uganda, Georgia, the Western Balkans and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also served as a researcher for the Harvard Law School’s Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Project (now the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict) and co-authored a case study entitled “Somalia in Crisis: Famine, Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Aid.”
Molly earned an LL.M in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont. Following Law School, Molly served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Molly is a member of the Vermont bar.
A native Vermonter, Molly grew up in the Connecticut River Valley where her family continues to operate a fruit, vegetable and dairy farm.