Our Team

At the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), we're a team of dedicated professionals with a diverse set of backgrounds and skills. We're here to help the business community as it invests in Baton Rouge's economic future.

Executive & Administration

Adam Knapp President & CEO

KAREN BROWN Senior Executive Administrator

Anita Byrne Leadership Baton Rouge Director

MICHAEL DIRESTO Executive Vice President

BELINDA MONTEVERDE Senior Staff Accountant

JENNIFER WATSON Operations Manager & Receptionist

ACHILLES WILLIAMS Chief Financial Officer

Business Development

RUSSELL RICHARDSON Senior V.P. of Business Development

ADELINA LEPINE Business Development Program Manager

DONNIE MILLER Senior Director of Business Recruitment, Life Sciences and Technology

JAYSON NEWELL Senior Director of Business Development

CASEY O’BANION Business Retention and Expansion Manager


BRACE B. “TREY” GODFREY, III Senior Vice President of Policy

Tonnisha Ellis Policy and Research Project Manager

Darrell L. Johnson, Jr. Manager of Diversity & Inclusion Programs

CAILA MICELI Policy and Research Project Manager

CHLOE RIVIERE Manager of Policy and Special Projects

DAVID ZOLLER Manager of Governmental Affairs

Business Intelligence

ANDREW FITZGERALD Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence

Jake Polansky Manager of Economic and Policy Research

CHRIS SPALATIN Manager of Small Business Services

Investor Development & Relations

EMILIA G. HENRY Senior V.P. of Investor Development

Delashawn Bordeaux Manager of Investor Development

Michelle Mahaffey LeJeune Director of Investor Development

Grace Moody Manager of Investor Relations


MELISSA BOULIGNY CARTER Senior Vice President of Marketing

Morgan Almeida Director of Marketing

Kelsey Anderson Marketing Coordinator

Analise Gonzalez Marketing Intern

CHRISTY O’NEAL Senior Art Director

MAGGI SPURLOCK Director of Talent Development

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