Louisiana is sending seven leaders from across the state to the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI.) They will join fellows from seven other states and participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy program to help further their skills in community leadership and policy development to promote regional collaboration and local economic growth across DRA’s eight-state region.
Louisiana’s DLI fellows will attend six sessions across the region, visiting each of the eight states in the DRA footprint. They will engage in policy and program development, advocacy training, case-study discussions, and on-the-ground field experiences aligned with DRA’s priorities for the region. Those priorities include: transportation and infrastructure; workforce training and education; entrepreneurship and disaster resilience for small businesses and communities; public health; policy and governance; and culture and tourism.
The fellows, who were selected by Gov. Edwards and DRA leadership, represent a diverse cohort of community leaders. The class includes seven members from Alabama; eight from Arkansas; five from Illinois; five from Kentucky; seven from Louisiana; eight from Mississippi; four from Missouri; and seven from Tennessee.
Louisiana’s 2017-2018 DLI Executive Academy fellows are:
David Cavell of Thibodaux | District Director for U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves
Hunter Fife of Rayville | Manager-Ag Operations for Lamb Weston
Donna Isaacs of Campti | Executive Director of Campti Field of Dreams, Inc.
Lee Jones of Alexandria | Assistant to the State Director for the USDA Rural
Makesha Judson of Baton Rouge | Chief Service Office for the City of Baton Rouge
George Mack, Jr. of Ruston | Board Member on the Lincoln Parish School Board
Ardyn Thriffiley of New Orleans | President of Ardyn M. Thriffiley & Associates, Inc.