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

Steven Moret
Stephen MoretSecretary

Stephen Moret was appointed secretary of Louisiana Economic Development by Gov. Bobby Jindal in January 2008. As the leader of Gov. Jindal's economic development team, Moret has transformed LED into one of the top state economic development agencies in the country.

Under Moret's leadership, LED has become 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 under Moret's leadership include landing Louisiana's fifth Fortune 1000 headquarters; 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 $16-21 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 83,000 new direct and indirect jobs, as well as more than $54 billion in new capital investment.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, 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, and 2013. Louisiana now ranks higher in every national business-climate ranking than it ever did prior to January 2008.

Experience

Prior to being appointed by Gov. Jindal, Moret served as president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, or BRAC. Under Moret's leadership from 2004 to 2008, BRAC grew into a national-caliber regional economic development organization. Revenues tripled at BRAC during Moret's tenure, following the launch of "The Campaign for a Greater Baton Rouge," a five-year, $15 million economic development initiative for the nine-parish Capital Region. Additionally, 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.

Moret previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in service operations, including acute-care hospitals, Medicaid systems, pharmacy benefit managers, and Internet service providers. He also served as a project supervisor with Trinity Consultants, where he advised large industrial facilities on environmental issues related to major plant expansions.

Moret also served as assistant to the chancellor of LSU, an independent consultant to Harvard University, and a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, or PAR. His research at PAR on restructuring Louisiana's higher education system earned the Most Distinguished Research Award from the National Governmental Research Association.

In 2008, Moret was a contributing author to "Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America's Older Industrial Areas," a book published by Brookings Institution Press.

EDUCATION

Moret earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSU (1995), where he was elected president of the student body, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (2001), where he was elected co-president of the student body and was a recipient of the Dean's Award for exceptional leadership and service.

 
Steven Grissom
Steven Grissom Deputy Secretary

Steven Grissom serves as LED's deputy secretary, managing multiple administrative functions and initiatives across the department with a particular focus on LED’s business development and workforce development efforts, as well as working closely with the state Legislature, budget office, fiscal office and legislative auditors.

Experience

Prior to joining LED in February 2008, Grissom served as executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, or BRAC. At BRAC, he oversaw a wide range of activities, including strategic initiatives, economic analyses, business recruitment/retention, and public policy. He played an integral role in transforming BRAC into one of the nation's leading regional economic development organizations. He was also instrumental in the creation of The Campaign for a Greater Baton Rouge, BRAC's five-year economic development program. 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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