Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Jerome Zeringue is currently the Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.
The CPRA was established after Hurricane Katrina as the state agency leading hurricane protection, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other community resiliency efforts. His efforts to restructure and streamline Louisiana’s coastal programs and agencies resulted in increasing project output by more than 500 percent. The authority currently oversees a $17 billion coastal resiliency, hurricane protection and oil spill recovery program.
In his role as Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities, Zeringue is Governor Bobby Jindal’s advisor on policy issues related to offshore energy, fisheries, maritime and other uses and conservation of coastal resources.
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. .