ARC is led by a Commission composed of the Governors from each of the Region’s 13 states, and a Federal Co-Chair who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Each year, the governors select a States’ Co-Chair to lead the Commission in partnership with the Federal Co-Chair.
Meet the Appalachian Governors
ARC State Partners and Staff
Each Appalachian Governor selects an appointee to represent his or her state’s interests and priorities to the Commission. These representatives, referred to as State Alternates, are liaisons between the Governors and ARC Leadership. Every state also has a State Program Manager who is the state-level contact for ARC and facilitates ARC investments with ARC staff. Alternates and State Program Managers work closely with local organizations, including Local Development Districts, to guide ARC investment decisions and policy decisions. ARC staff review proposals, manage investments, and conduct research in cooperation with the states.
Meet Our Executive Director
Brandon McBride joined ARC in November 2020. Before coming to ARC, McBride served as the Vice President for Federal Relations at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides independent and objective audits and investigations relating to agency programs and operations, as set forth in the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452), as amended.