Christopher A. Masingill was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 to serve as the Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. In his seven years with the Delta Regional Authority, Masingill has made it his hallmark to develop strategic connections between the public and private sectors to achieve economic and community development results on the local, state, and national levels.
Prior to leading the Delta Regional Authority, Masingill served the state of Arkansas as Governor Mike Beebe’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and during that time was the Arkansas Recovery Implementation Director for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, coordinating the implementation of $3 billion of investment into 48 programs across 13 state agencies.
Chairman Masingill believes in the natural, economic, and human assets of Delta communities and thus the opportunities they create for the region. While at the Delta Regional Authority, he has placed a strong emphasis on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as investing in workforce development and training efforts, recognizing these efforts as the greatest opportunities for the Delta region’s economy. Working with the governors of the eight Delta states, the Delta Regional Authority has created nearly $3.5 billion in investments through public-private and state-federal partnerships. Overall, DRA investments have helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs, train over 7,300 workers for 21st Century jobs, and deliver sewer and water improvements to more than 66,000 residents and businesses in Delta communities.
To further these investments under Masingill’s leadership, the DRA launched the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative to focus investments into organizations and programs that support the cultivation of innovation and job creation that come from our small businesses and entrepreneurs. In 2014, the DRA launched the Reimagining the Delta Workforce initiative which organized eight state summits and invested $1.7 million into communities to address the challenges of preparing a skilled workforce in Delta communities and to connect local leadership in government, education, and business/industry for realistic, productive solutions. For his leadership in advancing economic development initiatives in the Delta region, Chairman Masingill was recently awarded the Federal Leadership in Economic Development Programs Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Chris and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Mia and Ava, and live in Little Rock.