Treda Grayson earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University, where her dissertation focused on identifying stressor-specific response patterns of benthic macroinvertebrates to inform resource management and policy decisions in Chesapeake Bay. She also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science with Biology and German minors from Coastal Carolina University. Treda is a SisterMentors alumna who has mentored two generations of SisterMentors young women. One of her mentees, Tihitina, graduated from The University of Virginia and the other, Trinity, is a rising 12th grader preparing for college admission.
Treda is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Office of Water Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds at US EPA Headquarters. She is the Program Manager for the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Program, which supports and carries out EPA’s Trustee responsibilities for restoration in the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Her prior experience at EPA includes supporting tribes in developing environmental capacity through the administration of the Indian Environmental General Assistance (GAP), leading the National Coastal Condition Assessment (NCCA), and providing technical support to states, tribes, and other entities to develop and adopt biological, nutrient and aquatic life criteria for water quality standards development.