Leadership Bios

Louisiana Economic Development is led by a dedicated team of experienced professionals who believe in Louisiana's potential.



Steven Grissom was appointed secretary of Louisiana Economic Development by Gov. Bobby Jindal in May 2015. Grissom has been a key part of the leadership team that has transformed LED into one of the top state economic development agencies in the country, having served as deputy secretary at LED since 2008.

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While Grissom was deputy secretary, LED became a fast, creative, and solution-oriented partner for corporate executives and site selection consultants; a champion for small businesses and other existing Louisiana employers; and the architect of Louisiana’s economic-outperformance strategy.

Examples of LED’s wins include recruiting major software/IT centers of CSC and IBM (800 jobs each); attracting EA’s North American Test Center; recruiting Nucor’s iron and steel production facility; and securing Sasol’s $16 billion to 21 billion gas-to-liquids and ethane cracker complex (the largest manufacturing project in state history); as well as establishing LED’s highly acclaimed workforce development program, LED FastStart.

Since 2008, Gov. Jindal and LED have secured projects that are creating more than 91,000 new direct and indirect jobs, as well as more than $62 billion in new capital investment. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Site Selection ranked LED one of the top five best-performing state economic development agencies. Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart the best state workforce-training program in the country in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Louisiana now ranks higher in every national business-climate ranking than it ever did prior to January 2008.


Prior to joining LED, Grissom served as executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, or BRAC. He played an integral role in transforming BRAC into one of the nation’s leading regional economic development organizations. BRAC received dozens of national awards from ACCRA/C2ER, Southern Economic Development Council, American Chamber of Commerce Executives and other groups for economic development planning, marketing, communications and public policy research.

Prior to joining BRAC, Grissom was director of corporate development for The Shaw Group Inc. and a management consultant with the Houston office of McKinsey & Company.


B.S., Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University
M.B.A., Rice University

Leadership Mandi Mitchell


Assistant Secretary

Mandi Mitchell serves as LED’s assistant secretary, managing initiatives and programs related to legislative and congressional relations, business intelligence, community competitiveness, small business services and state economic competitiveness.

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Prior to her appointment as assistant secretary in June 2015, Mitchell served as the director of governmental affairs and federal programs, which involved the expanded responsibilities of congressional affairs and LED efforts related to ports, transportation and coastal restoration. In 2012, Mandi joined LED as director of governmental affairs with a focus on working with legislative leaders and local government officials on LED priorities and issues. 

Before joining LED, Mitchell was an independent business owner and consultant, providing governmental affairs, legislative lobbying, business development and community relations consulting services to a number of business clients. She served as the regional manager of external affairs at AT&T (formerly BellSouth Telecommunications) from 2004 to 2009, and worked in the field of electrical engineering from 1998 through 2000 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and from 2000 through 2004 at BellSouth Telecommunications.


B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Orleans
M.B.A., University of New Orleans

Leadership Anne Villa



Anne G. Villa serves as LED's undersecretary, responsible for the functions of the office of management and finance, human resources, performance management and reporting, entertainment industry development as well as business incentives within LED.

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Prior to joining LED in March 2012, Villa was in the private sector for more than 20 years. She most recently served as vice president of Operations and Finance for MDI Entertainment LLC, a Scientific Games company. During her tenure at MDI, she managed daily operations, vendor relations, customer service, strategic planning and forecasting. Prior to MDI, she was in the logistics industry for 10 years as a finance manager for Exide Technologies as well as Ryder Systems Inc.


B.B.A., Accounting, Georgia State University 
C.P.A., State of Georgia, Certificate No. 21450