Christopher A. Masingill was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010, and serves as the Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, a federal-state partnership whose mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes in the eight states of the Delta region. Chairman Masingill has extensive experience in community and economic development and developing strategic connections between the public and private sectors.
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 as the Arkansas Recovery Implementation Director for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which totaled over $2 billion in Arkansas. While in Governor Beebe’s office, Chairman Masingill also served as the principal staff between the Governor’s Office and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the National Governor's Association, the Southern Governors’ Association, the Delta Regional Authority, and the State Coordinators for Economic Recovery.
In his three years with the Delta Regional Authority, Masingill has worked with the Governors of the Delta states to leverage $66.3 million into more than $1.1 billion in private and other public sector investment, helping to create and retain 17,000 jobs within the region. During a time of economic duress in our nation, Chairman Masingill has placed a greater emphasis on supporting small business and entrepreneurship ventures as well as investing in workforce training and education efforts. His priority to increase economic development in the business sector with a focus on entrepreneurship has tripled prior DRA investment from $2.1 million to more than $7 million in three cycles. Additionally, the DRA has invested nearly $12 million in workforce development, more than doubling similar investments in the previous eight cycles.
Chris and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Mia and Ava, and reside in Little Rock.