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 Executive Assistant & Database Manager

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

RACHEL P. DELAMAIN Director of Business Development (Consultant Recruitment)

ADELINA LEPINE Executive Assistant & Programs Coordinator

DONNIE MILLER Director of Business Development (City of BR & EBR Parish)

JAYSON NEWELL Regional Director of Business Development

CHANDRA WILLIAMS Director of Business Retention & Expansion

Economic Competitiveness

LIZ SMITH Senior V.P. of Economic Competitiveness

Tonnisha Ellis Policy and Research Project Manager

ANDREW FITZGERALD Senior Director of Business Intelligence

CAILA MICELI Economic Competitiveness Coordinator

Jade Sumrall Economic Research and Policy Analyst

ELIZABETH WALKER Policy & Research Project Manager

DAVID ZOLLER Manager of Governmental Affairs

Investor Development & Relations

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

MONICA HUGHES Director of Investor Relations

MICHELLE MAHAFFEY Manager of Business Services

CHLOE RIVIERE Investor Development Coordinator


KELLY BIENN Senior V.P. of Marketing

Kelsey Anderson Marketing Coordinator

Camryn Curtis Marketing Intern

KATIE FONTENOT Director of Events


MAGGI SPURLOCK Director of Talent Development

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