David A. Sampson
The Honorable David A. Sampson, United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development serves as the principal advisor to Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans on domestic economic development policy. His primary responsibilities include policy development, establishing funding priorities, defining grant investment policy guidelines and directing the operations of the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Additionally, Sampson initiated the first comprehensive reorganization in the agency's 37 year history to align resources to best accomplish EDA's core mission.
Sampson's team has successfully transformed EDA's culture to that of a "public sector venture capital firm", focused on attracting private capital to economically distressed areas. EDA's efforts resulted in a four-hundred percent increase in private sector leverage of federal grant dollars in fiscal year 2003 compared to fiscal year 2000. Under Sampson's leadership, EDA has advanced market-driven economic development strategies with special emphasis on initiatives designed to strengthen regional capacity for innovation, competitiveness and sustained economic growth in order to succeed in a global economy.
Assistant Secretary Sampson's extensive prior economic development experience in the private and public sectors includes serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Arlington, Texas Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness; and Vice Chair of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission in then-Governor Bush's Administration. Assistant Secretary Sampson is a graduate of David Lipscomb University, the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his doctorate at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Sampson and his family currently reside in Northern Virginia.