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

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

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 Executive Assistant & Programs Coordinator

DONNIE MILLER Senior Director of Business Development

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

CAILA MICELI Policy and Research Project Manager

DAVID ZOLLER Manager of Governmental Affairs

Business Intelligence

ANDREW FITZGERALD Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence

Jake Polansky Economic Research and Policy Analyst

CHRIS SPALATIN Manager of Small Business Services

Investor Development & Relations

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

Michelle Mahaffey LeJeune Director of Investor Development

CHLOE RIVIERE Manager of Investor Development


Morgan Almeida Director of Marketing

Kelsey Anderson Marketing Coordinator

KATIE FONTENOT Director of Events


MAGGI SPURLOCK Director of Talent Development

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