Gray Sasser was appointed as the initial executive director of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy in December 2020. He joined Vanderbilt from Frost Brown Todd LLC, where he was co-chair of the Blockchain and Digital Currency team and regularly advised clients on regulatory issues surrounding cryptocurrencies and U.S. securities laws.
Previously, Gray served as Senior Vice President for Congressional Affairs of the Export-Import Bank of the United States during the Obama administration and as chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. He has practiced law in Nashville, Houston and Beijing and taught as an adjunct professor at Belmont University.
A veteran of many political campaigns, Gray began his professional career as a staff writer at The Tennessean. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School after earning a M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics and his A.B. in History with a concentration in American Studies from Princeton University.