W. Gray Stream (Gray) is the President of the Stream Companies, which manages several operating companies and a sizeable land position in Louisiana, primarily composed of timberland, agriculture, and coastal marsh. Gray also oversees an investment portfolio on behalf of the Stream Companies, which focuses on early-stage companies, venture capital, private equity, and structured credit. The Stream investments primarily focus on Louisiana-based companies and those providing solutions for the energy transition.
A commitment to long-term stewardship defines the culture of the Stream Companies, as evidenced by their generational approach to natural resource management, which has persisted for more than 125 years. Approximately 30 years ago, the Stream family founded Stream Wetland Services, which has restored tens of thousands of acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana and Texas – and has grown millions of trees and plants in the region. In 2018, Gray founded Gulf Coast Sequestration, which is developing world-scale capabilities to permanently store captured CO2 emissions into deep geologic formations.
Gray is passionate about serving the Louisiana community and has led numerous charitable and civic causes to improve the quality of life in the state. He has served on the Louisiana Innovation Council, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation, and the Board of Directors for the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. He also currently serves on a committee for the Governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force.
Gray is a member of YPO and is Immediate Past Chair of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development. He formerly served on the Louisiana Board of Regents as Regent for the 3rd Congressional District and as Chairman of the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center. He currently serves as a Trustee for the National World War II Museum. In 2010 Gray received the Southwest Louisiana Civic Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce.
He began his career in Washington, DC serving Louisiana’s 7th Congressional District following his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University. He later earned his MBA from Rice University.