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

Anita Byrne Leadership Baton Rouge Director

MICHAEL DIRESTO Executive Vice President

BELINDA MONTEVERDE Senior Staff Accountant

Kary Pope Executive Assistant

JENNIFER WATSON Operations Manager & Receptionist

ACHILLES WILLIAMS Chief Financial Officer

Business Development

RUSSELL RICHARDSON Senior V.P. of Business Development

Britt Bowker Director of Recruitment

Joshua Combs Manager of Business Development, East Baton Rouge Parish

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 Senior Manager of Education and Workforce Policy and Research

Brent Mangum Manager of Internship Business Partnerships

CAILA MICELI Policy and Research Project Manager

CHLOE RIVIERE Manager of Policy and Special Projects

RONNIE SLONE Drive Minority Business Accelerator Facilitator

Davorio Stevenson Manager of Economic Inclusion

DAVID ZOLLER Manager of Governmental Affairs

Business Intelligence

ANDREW FITZGERALD Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence

Lea Disimone Policy and Research Analyst Intern

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 Senior Director of Communications

Kelsey Anderson Marketing Coordinator

Analise Gonzalez Marketing Intern

CHRISTY O’NEAL Senior Art Director

LINDSEY RUSS Director of Events

MAGGI SPURLOCK Director of Talent Development

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