ARC is led by a Commission composed of the Governors from each of the Region’s 13 states, and a Federal Co-Chairman 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-Chairman.
To ensure an active federal-state partnership, the governors of the 13 Appalachian States serve as members of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
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.
Office of the Executive Director
Brandon McBride joined ARC as Executive Director in November 2020.. As the Executive Director, McBride will lead the administrative, programmatic, and fiscal management of ARC to ensure that the organization’s structure, budget, and programs support the Commission’s strategic investment plan, as well as the Executive branch and States’ initiatives for the Region.
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.