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

 
Steven Grissom
Steven Grissom Secretary

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.

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.

Experience

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.

Education

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

 
Jason El Koubi
Quentin Messer, Jr. Assistant Secretary

Quentin Messer, Jr. serves as LED's assistant secretary, managing initiatives and programs related to business intelligence, community competitiveness, small business services and state economic competitiveness.

Experience

Prior to his appointment as assistant secretary, Messer served as LED’s director of state economic competitiveness. In that role, he pursued opportunities to enhance Louisiana’s business climate and distinguished himself as an effective leader, making a significant impact on the state’s long-term growth strategy. Before joining LED, Messer served in a variety of professional roles, including management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), practice as a corporate transactions attorney and service in several executive-level operations management roles for family-owned and private equity-backed businesses in the for-profit education and specialty manufacturing sectors.

Education

A.B. from Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs
M.B.A., Columbia Business School
J.D., Columbia Law School

 
anne villa
Anne Villa Undersecretary

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.

Experience

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.

Education

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

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