The Chief Defense Development Officer (Chief) manages the military relations and community outreach, and supports economic development and government affairs activities, as they relate to the defense sector. In the Chamber & EDC context, the defense sector comprises public sector bases and missions, private sector companies and organizations, and the organizations that support them. The Chief shares responsibility for cultivating, recruiting and maintaining relationships with members and investors, with primary focus on military installations and defense companies in the Pikes Peak Region.
The Chief works with the Chief Economic Development Officer on local, state and national levels to enhance and strengthen the defense industry in our region and regularly interacts with military leaders, electeds, and industry leaders. The position supports other programs within the organization, including the Military Affairs Council. The Chief is responsible for managing staff, budgets and resources in the Defense division.