AAPA’s governing body has elected Chett Chiasson, Executive Director of Port Fourchon, as Vice-Chair of the AAPA Board of Directors for the 2022-24 term, in a board meeting held this week. Chiasson has served on the board as a director for the U.S. Gulf Ports region since 2016. He will assume the board’s vice chair role for the remainder of a two-year term.
Chiasson has been Executive Director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC), which runs Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport, since January 2010. Chett has played a leadership role in working to protect Port Fourchon and Louisiana’s surrounding coast while also stressing the importance of servicing the ever-expanding energy industry for local, state, and national economies and U.S. energy security.
As chair of the Gulf Caucus, U.S. Delegation Legislative Policy Council member, board member and now Vice-Chair for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), he advocates for ports and port-forward policy on a national level. Chett has testified before U.S. Congress regarding the economic importance of Port Fourchon and the energy industry, and he has illustrated how, in Port Fourchon, industry and environment can and do coexist successfully. He continues to champion that message, working diligently to make Port Fourchon a leading example of responsible development, making the best of its abundant natural resources and planning for the greater good of both business and environment.
A member of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Gulf of Mexico Offshore Wind Task Force and the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force Transportation Committee, Chett serves on the boards of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation. Chett is also Chairman of the Louisiana CPRA Board’s Finance Working Group, Chairman of the LA 1 Coalition Board of Directors, Vice President of the Executive Board of Restore or Retreat, First Vice President of the Gulf Ports Association, a Fourchon Oilman’s Association board member, and a member of the South Louisiana Economic Council’s Emerging Energy Task Force. Chett is a past chairman of the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Ports Association of Louisiana, the South Central Industrial Association, and the Bayou Industrial Group.
Chett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from LSU.