Who We Are

A corps of innovative leaders is needed to turn the tide in the Delta region and help it to compete in the global economy. The Delta Leadership Institute is designed to improve the decisions made by community leaders across the region by strengthening leadership capacity and mutual understanding of regional, state, and local cultures and issues as well as connecting these leaders to a network that increases regional collaboration, information sharing, and continuing education.

The Delta Leadership Institute organizes the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a year-long leadership development program for regional leaders that prepares them to collaborate and address the most-pressing issues of the Delta region. Each of the eight governors and the federal co-chairman nominate community leaders for the program, resulting in an annual class of 50 Delta leaders. Upon graduation the leadership fellows join the Delta Leadership Network, which supports DLI's nearly 500 alumni with continued education, engagement, and information sharing through state and regional networks. 

The leadership fellows of the Executive Academy as well as the alumni represent a cross-sector, diverse group of community leaders.

Meet the 2019-20 Executive Academy class

The Delta Leadership Institute is directed by the Delta Regional Authority and relies on administrative, programming, and curricular support from a consortium of three university partners: The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development, and the University of Louisiana Monroe.


Aury Kangelos

Program Manager
Delta Regional Authority


Sea Talantis, CMP

Program Manager
UA College of Continuing Studies




Andrea Allen

A-State Delta Center


Frankie Gilliam, CEcD

Development Specialist
A-State Delta Center



Dr. Joshua Stockley

University of Louisiana Monroe


Dr. Leigh Hersey

Assistant Professor
University of Louisiana Monroe