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Christopher G. Pike

Christopher serves as the Executive Director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority (JRA), a venerable institution dating back to 1968 with a mandate of eradicating urban blight and fostering socio-economic progress within the City of Jackson, Mississippi. Embracing the ethos of social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic vitality, Christopher leads a team dedicated to strategic collaborations with the City of Jackson, Hinds County, the State of Mississippi, and various public and private stakeholders.

Before assuming the role at JRA, Christopher founded Urban Pulse Universal, a multifaceted firm specializing in economic development, governmental services, real estate, and sustainable community initiatives. Under his astute leadership, Urban Pulse Community Solutions and Urban Pulse Commercial Group thrived, forging enduring partnerships with developers, local governments, and investors to enact inclusive and sustainable solutions for community advancement and economic prosperity. Concurrently, Christopher serves as a Commercial Broker with KW Commercial Atlanta Classic, focusing on the intricate realm of land, government representation and mixed-use development endeavors.

Beyond economic development and commercial real estate, Christopher’s passion for education shines brightly. He imparts his wealth of knowledge in local government and commercial real estate through teaching engagements at esteemed institutions like the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association. Additionally, he shares his expertise in commercial real estate through teaching continuing education courses for licensed real estate professionals.

Christopher’s career trajectory includes serving as the inaugural Director of Economic Development for the City of South Fulton, a burgeoning municipality incorporated in 2017 and nestled within the vibrant landscape of metro Atlanta. Instrumental in its economic ascendancy, he orchestrated the establishment of the South Fulton Development Authority and Downtown Development Authority, while managing the development of the city’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan and overseeing the creation of two Tax Allocation Districts (TADs).

In addition to his pivotal role as Economic Development Director, Christopher assumed leadership positions as the Executive Director of the South Fulton Convention and Visitors Bureau and the South Fulton Downtown Development Authority, amplifying his impact on the city’s cultural and economic spheres.

Christopher’s tenure in municipal leadership also extends to the City of Villa Rica, Georgia, where his transformative initiatives earned accolades from esteemed institutions such as Georgia Trend Magazine and the University of Georgia. His tenure encompassed strategic leadership roles within the Villa Rica Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority, culminating in substantial progress and recognition for the city’s downtown revitalization efforts.

Before his tenure in Villa Rica, Christopher distinguished himself in various capacities within the City of Albany, Georgia, including as a City Commissioner (City Council) and Mayor Pro Tem. His extensive engagement with entities such as the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Southwest Georgia Regional Commission and the Georgia Municipal Association Legislative Policy Council underscore his profound commitment to civic stewardship, policy implementation and community development.

Christopher’s professional acumen is further underscored by his credentials as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) conferred by the National Development Council (now Grow America), alongside his certification as a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from The National Certified Public Manager Consortium. He is also a licensed Real Estate professional in the state of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Certification in Construction Management from Atlanta Technical College.

An active member of professional organizations including the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, the International Economic Development Council, Mississippi Economic Development Council, Urban Land Institute, Georgia Economic Developers Association, the International Downtown Association and Georgia Downtown Association. Christopher remains steadfast in his pursuit of excellence and innovation in the realm of economic and community development.

Christopher earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, laying the foundation for his multidisciplinary approach to community development. Building on this academic groundwork, he pursued a Master of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University (Troy University) in Troy, Alabama.

In addition to his academic achievements, Christopher is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Christopher finds utmost fulfillment in his role as a devoted father to his three beloved children—Trinity, Christopher, and Tayden, affectionately known as “The Crew.”