Chris MasingillFormer Federal Cochairman
Delta Regional Authority
Chris Masingill served as the federal cochairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) from 2010 to 2017. The DRA is an independent federal economic development agency created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic and community development projects in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. Overall, DRA investments under Masingill assisted in the creation and retention of more 5,700 jobs; almost 3,000 workers received training and basic public infrastructure was extended to 30,000 families. Prior to leading the Delta Regional Authority, he served the state of Arkansas as Governor Mike Beebe's director of intergovernmental affairs and chief policy adviser for economic and community development. During that time, he was also tasked to serve as the Arkansas recovery implementation director for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Masingill holds a bachelor of science in social science with a minor in business administration from Texas Wesleyan University and professional designations for economic development, project management, and emergency management and disaster preparedness.