Baton Rouge, La. (May 25, 2021) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced today that Brace “Trey” Godfrey has been hired to serve as the organization’s senior vice president of policy, starting June 7. Godfrey comes to BRAC from 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, where he served as executive director from 2018 to 2021.
“We’re very excited Trey is joining our team. He brings an incredible depth of experience in policy, real estate development, and consulting from both the private sector and non-profit worlds, and he already knows many leaders across the Baton Rouge Area business community,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “He’s also radically candid about the priorities necessary to move the region’s economy forward. His background as a business owner and community leader offers BRAC a strong track record of leadership that will help us improve the climate for economic development.”
As senior vice president of policy, Godfrey will drive regional and state-level initiatives to create a more competitive region for business growth and talent development, particularly through the organization’s public policy and government affairs activity. Additionally, Godfrey will lead strategic coalition building for regional initiatives, including those related to education, workforce, transportation, quality of place, entrepreneurship and small businesses, criminal justice, and others.
“It has been an extraordinary honor to serve with the gentlemen of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge,” said Godfrey. “Through that work, I bring a keen focus on and commitment to strengthening the Capital Region. As a long-time supporter, I am thrilled to join the dynamic team at BRAC and leverage my knowledge and life’s work to ensure that the Baton Rouge Area presses toward its fullest potential.”
A two-time Tulane University graduate, Godfrey joins BRAC with a background in consulting, development, government relations, entrepreneurship, and organization management. During his time leading development firm Cyntreniks he helped develop the Kress Building and Hotel Indigo in downtown Baton Rouge, and engaged in political and legislative advocacy for the company’s projects. At 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Godfrey expanded its membership and mission, including leading programs related to economic development, mentoring, entrepreneurship and education. He has wide experience in public speaking, stakeholder development, and community and civic engagement. His late father, Brace Godfrey, Jr., was the chair of the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in 2002.
About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at www.brac.org.