Chris Caldwell, appointed by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, assumed the role of Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority on Jan. 12, 2018.
As Federal Co-Chairman, Caldwell leads the agency’s operations and is responsible for DRA’s strategic investments that promote economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states.
Caldwell is a 7th-generation Arkansan and has extensive experience in political and government service.
Before being confirmed as DRA chairman, Caldwell served as the director of special projects for U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas. Caldwell was the campaign manager for Boozman’s 2016 re-election campaign, as well as the political director for Boozman's 2010 Senate campaign. He has also served on several other campaigns, including Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid and Arkansas Senator Tim Hutchinson’s 2002 Senate campaign.
Beyond his political and government service, Caldwell has held various roles in the private sector and is an active volunteer in his community. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Caldwell resides in Little Rock with his wife Ashley and their two children.
DRA’s goal is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The agency partners with federal, state and local entities to support infrastructure improvements, workforce development and training, and increased community capacity.