Chris Masingill, CEcD

St. Tammany Corporation

Chris Masingill has led the St. Tammany Corporation as Chief Executive Officer since July 2018, where he launched a newly established economic development organization with a reimagined vision, mission, scope of work, and team. Under his leadership, the organization initiated, adopted, and is now implementing THRIVE2023, St. Tammany’s 5-Year economic development strategic plan. Since July 2018, St. Tammany Corporation has announced multiple major business recruitment and expansion projects representing over $60 million in capital investment and 1,177 new and retained jobs.

In 2020, Masingill was named by Consultant Connect as a Top 50 Economic Developer and the organization was also named a First-Rate Economic Development Organization in the South by Southern Business & Development Journal. During Masingill’s seven years as federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, the DRA leveraged more than $90 million in DRA funds into nearly $1.6 billion in total private and public-sector investments in Delta communities. Overall, DRA investments under Masingill assisted in the creation and retention of more than 5,700 jobs and nearly 3,000 workers received training for 21st-century employment.

He has a proven track record of creating sustainable, collaborative partnerships with a variety of local, regional, state, and federal agencies, as well as with business and community leaders, legislators, and nonprofit organizations. He also holds professional designations for economic development, project management, and emergency management and disaster preparedness, including the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council and the Economic Development Master Practitioner (EcDMP) from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Executive Education Program.

Masingill serves as a board member of the International Economic Development Council and serves on the Membership Development Advisory Committee and Economic Development Research Partners; the Louisiana Director on the Southern Economic Development Council Board of Directors; is an advisory board member for Greater New Orleans, Inc.; serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Louisiana; and is a Commissioner for the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission.