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Leadership & Staff


Anne Villa, CPA, CEcD, CGFM

Deputy Secretary

Anne Villa is responsible for business development, business expansion and retention, business incentives, international commerce, management and finance, human resources, performance management and reporting, and entertainment industry development.

Brenda Guess

Assistant Secretary

Brenda Guess is responsible for guiding LED’s programs that grow Louisiana’s small business sector, including administration of Louisiana’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

Robin Porter

Executive Counsel

Robin Porter is a results-oriented General Counsel, Business Executive and Managing Partner licensed to practice law in Louisiana with more than 30 years of extensive, diversified experience in residential mortgage lending and servicing, banking regulatory compliance, and commercial transactions.

Rachel Shields

Chief Engagement Officer

Rachel Shields is responsible for leveraging and enhancing LED’s relationships with the corporate and private sector to ensure Louisiana businesses are better served by the state.

Paige Carter

Chief Business Development Officer

Paige Carter leads LED’s business development, expansion and retention initiatives to foster economic growth and prosperity across Louisiana.

Joshua Fleig

Chief Innovation Officer

Josh Fleig is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience at the intersections of technology, economic development and education. 

Ileana Ledet

Chief Economic Competitiveness Officer

Ileana Ledet joins LED with significant experience in economic development, public policy, and public affairs at the state and federal levels.

Mark Lorando

Chief Communications Officer

Mark Lorando is responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan to promote Louisiana’s unique advantages for business investment to key  stakeholders in-state, across the country and around the world.

Chelsea Harris Dufrene

Executive Director of LED FastStart

Chelsea Harris Dufrene is responsible for leading LED FastStart, the state’s workforce development solution for companies relocating and expanding in Louisiana.

Chris Stelly

Executive Director, Louisiana Entertainment and Director, Legislative Affairs

Chris Stelly serves as LED’s official liaison with members of the Louisiana Legislature and other state agencies, responsible for engaging on all legislative inquiries or official requests for information from the department.


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