President, National Community Stabilization Trust
Christopher J. Tyson was recently a Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professor of Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. In December 2021 he completed a four-year term as the President and CEO of Build Baton Rouge, the city’s redevelopment authority and land bank. Under his leadership the city launched a $50 million Bus Rapid Transit project, won a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant, was awarded the highly competitive $5 million JP Morgan Chase AdvancingCities grant, and established Baton Rouge’s first Community Land Trust. During that same period Build Baton Rouge acquired and prepared for development over 20 acres of vacant and blighted urban property and administered over $20 million in HUD Community Development grants on behalf of the city of Baton Rouge.
Chris received his Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, his Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and his Bachelor of Architecture degree, with honors, from Howard University.