Alternate Federal Co-Chairwoman

Leslie Durham

Leslie Durham

Contact: ldurham@dra.gov

Leslie Dandridge Durham was appointed Delta Regional Authority Alternate Federal Co-Chairwoman by President Joseph R. Biden on October 22, 2021.

Born and raised in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, Durham attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and since January 2016 has served as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’s DRA Designee. She previously worked for Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco as Director of Renewal Communities and Delta Regional Authority Designee, during which she was named the 2007 Louisiana Planning and Development District’s Person of the Year. Durham is a double graduate of DRA’s Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, both in its inaugural year of 2006 and again in 2017, in which she also completed the Authentic Leadership Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. On July 31, 2021, the Louisiana Municipal Association awarded Durham with the LMA President’s Award for her years of commitment to Louisiana Local Governments.

In addition to her role as Louisiana Designee to the Delta Regional Authority, Governor Edwards appointed Durham to serve on the following:

  • Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana (BEL) Commission, Chairperson
  • Rural Water Infrastructure Committee (RWIC), Chairperson
  • Rural Revitalization Commission (RRC)
  • 4.9 GHz Spectrum Task Force
  • Jobs for American Graduates Louisiana Board of Directors (JAG-La)
  • Delta Agriculture Research and Sustainability District