The RDC is jointly headed by a Chairperson and a Co-Chairperson appointed by the President of the Philippines. If the Chairperson comes from the government, the Co-Chairperson must come from the private sector, or vice-versa. Only elective officials are appointed as Chair or Co-Chairperson.
The NEDA Regional Director is the ex-officio Vice-Chairperson of the RDC, while the NEDA Assistant Regional Director is the ex-officio Secretary.
The same officials serve as the ex-officio Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary of the RDC Executive and Advisory Committees.
The terms of office of the Chairperson, Co-Chairperson and the PSRs coincide with the regular term of local elective officials. This prescribed term of office is without prejudice to reappointment.
|1995-1998||Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante (Governor, Agusan del Norte)||Felix Villacastin||Jose Mazo||Johnny Lim|
|1998-2001||Valentina Plaza (Governor, Agusan del Sur)||Engr. Epimaco Galero Jr.||Jose Mazo||Johnny Lim|
|2001-2004||Lyndon Barbers (Governor, Surigao del Norte)||None||Carmencita Cochingco|
|2004-2007||Democrito Plaza II (Mayor, Butuan City)||Engr. Leonel Santos||Carmencita Cochingco|
|2010-2013||Sol Matugas (Governor, Surigao del Norte)||Marlon Advincula (Private Sector Representative)||Carmencita Cochingco||Mylah Faye Aurora Carino (2012-2013)|
|2013-2016||Sol Matugas (Governor, Surigao del Norte)||Mylah Faye Aurora Carino||Roy Kantuna (2015-2016)|
|2016-2019||Sol Matugas (Governor, Surigao del Norte)||None||Mylah Faye Aurora Carino (until December 31, 2018) Atty. Bonifacio Uy||Roy Kantuna|
|2019-2022||Dale B. Corvera (Governor, Agusan del Norte||Atty. Bonifacio G. Uy (2019 until September 2020) |
Priscilla R. Sonido (October 2020-2022)
|2016-2019||Development Administration||Mayor Alexander Pimentel (Tandag City)||Ms. Helen Arellano|
|Economic Development||Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada (Butuan City)||Engr. Leonel Santos|
|Infrastructure Development||Dr. Epimaco Galero Jr.||Mayor Librado Navarro|
|Social Development||Dr. Pazfegurita Ojeda||None|
|2019-2022||Development Administration||Mayor Ernesto U. Matugas, Jr., Surigao City||Ms. Pazfegurita M. Ojeda, PSR for Education Sector|
|Economic Development||Governor Arlene J. Bag-ao, Province of Dinagat Islands||Engr. Leonel A. Santos, PSR for Mineral Sector|
|Infrastructure Development||Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., Province of Agusan del Sur||Engr. Epimaco M. Galero, Jr., Ph.D, PSR for Logistic Sector|
|Social Development||Mayor Kirk A. Asis, Bayugan City||Ms. Conception C. Asis, PSR for Basic Sector|