Jerome Zeringue has extensive experience advocating for coastal protection and restoration matters on a federal, state and local level. Before his appointment as the governor’s executive assistant for coastal activities, he served as executive director of the CPRA, having already served that agency as deputy executive director and as a coastal activities advisor in the governor’s office.
A native of Thibodaux, he previously served as director of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District. He holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in fisheries biology, both from Louisiana State University. Mr. Zeringue—or Zee, as his friends call him—worked as a fisheries biologist at LSU Sea Grant and assisted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on seafood regulations. He then became the coastal resources director for the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, and also helped to establish the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge.
Despite his heavy workload in Baton Rouge, his primary residence is, and will remain, the city of Houma in Terrebonne Parish.