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Leadership & Staff


Anne Villa, CPA, CEcD, CGFM

Deputy Secretary/Undersecretary

Anne Villa serves in the dual roles of Deputy Secretary, responsible for business development, business expansion and retention, business incentives and international commerce; and Undersecretary, a position she has held for 12 years, responsible for 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).

Brad Lambert

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Brad Lambert has been heavily involved in policy issues and outward-facing engagements since being appointed to the executive leadership team of Louisiana Economic Development in 2017.


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