Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall to be 2024 DRC Board Chair

Jim Springfield, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, is Chair-Elect

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) Board of Directors has named Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, as the 2024 Chair of the Board, effective Jan. 1.

Marshall speaking at the DRC’s 2023 State of DEI.

In her one-year term as Chair, Marshall will preside over the DRC’s efforts to improve the quality of life for all people in the Dallas Region. Marshall will make her first address as Chair at the DRC’s 2024 Annual Meeting 3-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

“What an honor to serve as DRC Chair for the upcoming year,” said Marshall. “Since moving to Dallas, the DRC has welcomed me with open arms, and I’m grateful to be a part of all the work they do in the region. I look forward to progressing our promise of economic empowerment to all communities of Dallas.”

A long-time business leader and champion for diversity and inclusion, Marshall joined the Mavs as CEO in 2018; since then, the Mavs have twice received the NBA’s Inclusion Leadership Award. Marshall’s career includes a 36-year tenure at AT&T, including roles as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer, and President of AT&T North Carolina. She served as the most recent Chair of the Board of Dallas CASA to provide permanence and stability for children in North Texas.

Marshall is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and her first book, “You’ve Been Chosen,” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award following its release in September 2022.

“Cynt is a champion for the entire Dallas Region and has been a great friend to the DRC since she joined the Mavs,” said Dale Petroskey, DRC President and CEO. “She played a key role in launching the DRC’s work in Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement and our commitment to growing economic prosperity in Southern Dallas County and has been its biggest supporter since. Cynt is a force for good and one of the most dynamic business leaders in our community. We look forward to making even more progress for the good of our region with her as Chair.”

Front: Marshall with DRC’s Angela Farley and Dale Petroskey; Back: Dallas Region sports leaders and past DRC Board Chair Bob Pragada of Jacobs.

Marshall succeeds 2023 Board Chair Rafael Lizardi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Texas Instruments, who will remain a member of the Board and Executive Committee.

The DRC Board also selected Jim Springfield, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, as the 2024 Board Chair-Elect. Springfield will assume the Chair position on Jan. 1, 2025.

“Jim has been committed to the DRC’s public policy and advocacy work, and he really knows how to work with lawmakers to promote a high quality of life for the people we serve,” said Petroskey. “He’s the perfect choice to serve as Chair in 2025 when the 89th Texas Legislature is in session.”

As is the DRC’s custom, Marshall, as Chair, and Springfield, as incoming Chair, will co-chair the DRC’s Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement Council in 2024.

“At Blue Cross, we share the Dallas Regional Chamber’s vision for a strong economy, developing the future workforce—and creating a wonderful quality of life for the North Texas region,” said Springfield. “It’s an honor to be selected as the chamber’s 2024 Board Chair-Elect. I look forward to participating in the important and necessary work the chamber is doing daily to drive economic growth and foster collaboration between the business community, educational institutions, and workforce development organizations in order to move this region forward.”

To view a complete list of DRC Board members, please click here.