|For Immediate Release
December 8, 2021
Chairman, BBR Board of Commissioners
Build Baton Rouge Announces Departure of CEO Christopher Tyson
Christopher Tyson Returns to LSU Law
The Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners announces the departure of its Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Tyson. For the past four years Tyson has served as CEO on academic leave from his professorship at the LSU Law Center, which expires December 31, 2021. Tyson will rejoin the faculty full-time effective January 2022. We are thankful for his transformative leadership and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Since taking the helm of the former East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, Tyson has led a sustained and robust period of expansion under a bold vision for equitable urban development. Tyson led our evolution to Build Baton Rouge, including the restatement of our mission and focus, and launched initiatives that have been profiled in local and national media as well as numerous symposiums and forums. Build Baton Rouge has established local, national, and international partnerships that have produced exciting collaborations that will continue to impact Baton Rouge for years to come.
Most notably, under Tyson’s leadership Build Baton Rouge led and was a critical partner on the $50 million Bus Rapid Transit project, the development of the award-winning Plank Road Masterplan and its many projects, the $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant for the Ardendale development, the $5 million JP Morgan Chase Advancing Cities award, the creation of a North Baton Rouge-focused small business loan fund, and the establishment of Baton Rouge’s first Community Land Trust. The agency has acquired and/or cleared title to over 20 acres of vacant and blighted urban property and prepared them for redevelopment plans currently underway. Build Baton Rouge also administered over $20 million in HUD Community Development grants through its partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Community Development. The partnership fulfilled Mayor Broome’s goal of restoring the program to full HUD compliance and has resulted in repairs to over 200 homes.
“In just four years Chris grew our agency into a 21st century vehicle for equitable and transformative community development. We’re proud of all that has been accomplished and the foundation that has been established. We are committed to continuing this vision and working with the many partners who have invested in our success,” said Rodney Braxton, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
“I made a commitment to bring real opportunity to North Baton Rouge and all of our city’s disinvested neighborhoods. I invested in Build Baton Rouge to drive that commitment forward, and the return on that investment is incomparable. Chris has been a trusted advisor and a dynamic leader. We will see the fruits of his labor for years to come and I am forever grateful for his service,” said Mayor Broome.
Build Baton Rouge Chief Operating Officer, Tara Titone, will become the Interim CEO in January 2022.