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Christopher J. Tyson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Build Baton Rouge, the city’s redevelopment authority. Chris works closely with the Mayor, business leaders, and community advocates to revitalize dis-invested areas, drive economic impact through equitable investment, and advance partnerships to increase community-wide capacity. Under his leadership the agency has secured over $45 million in grants for transit-oriented and equitable urban redevelopment. Chris is currently on leave from his position as the Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center where he is a tenured member of the faculty with a decade of law teaching experience. He is a noted local government law scholar and has published in numerous academic and editorial journals, including the New York Times and the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice. In 2015 Chris was the Louisiana State Democratic Party nominee for Secretary of State and earned the most votes of any black candidate at that point in Louisiana’s history. In 2017 LSU honored him with the Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award for his commitment to advancing peace and social justice. In 2018 he was inducted into University Laboratory School’s Alumni Hall of Distinction. Chris served as Co-Chair of Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Broome’s Transition Team and Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed him to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and the COVID-19 Health & Equity Task Force.


Chris graduated with honors in 1998 from the former Howard University School of Architecture. While at Howard he was active as a member of the Gentlemen of Drew Social Club, Campus Pals, the Undergraduate Student Assembly, and Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also served as Mr. Howard University 1996-97. Chris went on to earn degrees in public policy and law from the Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown University, respectively. He is married to Dr. Gia Tyson (HU c/o '01) and they reside in Baton Rouge with their three children.

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