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Key Staff Members
Scott Martinez, CEcD
NLEP President
Scott Martinez has nearly two decades of economic development leadership. For nearly four years, Martinez has led a team of economic developers and marketing professionals at NLEP, one of only 45 Accredited Economic Development Organizations in North America. Scott is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by the International Economic Development Council. Prior to joining NLEP, Scott headed up the Hutto Economic Development Corporation. Martinez also developed and led economic development efforts in Round Rock, Texas and served as Associate Director of the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council in the Houston, Texas metro area for five years. He worked at the Mississippi Development Authority with Hurricane Katrina redevelopment efforts, as well as, in the Global Business division of the agency. He holds a Bachelors degree from Ole Miss as well as a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Liz Pierre, JD
Senior Vice President- Legal & Research
With more than 22 years of economic development and legal experience, Liz acts as NLEP's legal counsel and heads up our research department. She provides demographic, real estate and community information to site selectors and companies looking to locate or expand in North Louisiana. She will also assist communities with identifying and certifying properties. Prior to joining NLEP, Liz worked with the Ouachita Economic Development Corporation. Before moving into the world of economic development, Liz was an attorney, working with the 4th JDC Indigent Defenders Board and in her own private practice, Pierre & Pierre. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Liz is a Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) as certified by the National Development Council. She is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. She served as the Chair of Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Area 81.
Christine Rambo
Senior Vice President- Business Development & Communications
With nearly 25 years of communications, marketing and economic development experience, Christine directs NLEP’s communication strategies, business development and marketing efforts. Christine is focused on marketing the region to prospective companies, enhancing the brand awareness of NLEP and promoting the positive perceptions of North Louisiana. Christine previously worked as the state marketing specialist for a network of Louisiana Small Business Development Centers. She also worked 12 years as an award-winning anchor/reporter for KTBS in Shreveport, LA and KNOE in Monroe, LA. She earned three Louisiana Associated Press Awards for her feature writing and investigative journalism. Christine graduated cum laude from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is currently earning her Master of Business Administration from The University of Louisiana at Monroe, La. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the NOVA Workforce Institute, Silver Water Girls Scout, and Twin City Ballet Company.
Angie White, CEcD
Senior Vice President- Business Retention & Workforce
Angie has 22 years of economic development, workforce development, and finance experience. For the last eight years, she has led NLEP’s Business Expansion and Retention and Workforce programs. Angie is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by the International Economic Development Council. Prior to joining NLEP, Angie worked for twelve years with EMP Global in Washington, DC as its Portfolio Officer and Investment Analyst with the Latin America Group. She earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is a Shreveport native and a graduate of Centenary College. She serves on the boards of the Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education (SBBA), the Workforce Investment Board, Region 70 for Louisiana, and the CoHabitat Foundation. Angie was honored with the Community Gem award from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana for her tireless community volunteer work.
Sheena Black
Vice President - Business Development
Sheena Black leads NLEP Business Development Program - responsible for recruiting companies to the 14 parish region. Sheena has extensive experience in economic development, international relations and public policy. She previously led a division within the Guam Economic Development Authority. In that role, she received the Governor’s Award for effectively advocating the region’s interests on a U.S. Presidential task force and at international development organizations. Black’s experience extends into the private sector. She managed Department of Defense contracts valued at $21 million while working as a consultant with Deloitte Consulting and was instrumental in a business development initiative that secured a $200 million government contract. Black received a corporate award for exceptional performance on a marketing campaign dedicated to Green Computing and IT Convergence and was subsequently sent to Yale University’s School of Business Management to complete an advanced consulting skills program. Black earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ashley Busada
Director – Investor Relations and Business Development
With nearly eight years of experience in government relations and economic development, Ashley Busada leds NLEP's Investor Relations and Campaign Development programs along with political advocacy. Ashley handles investor communications and outreach with NLEP’s nearly 200 public and private investors. Ashley also works in business development, recruiting new employers to North Louisiana. Prior to joining NLEP, Ashley worked as the Government Relations Director for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communications from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Zazell Dudley, MBA
Director- Business Development
With more than 30 years in business, finance, real estate and procurement, Zazell Dudley works to recruit new companies to North Louisiana. 'Zell' partners with Caddo Parish to enhance our business recruitment and site development efforts in that parish (county). Prior to joining NLEP, Zell owned her own business, and before that she worked as the Managing Director of Kennedy Wilson in Beverly Hills, CA, responsible for a $40 million equity and real estate fund. Dudley earned a Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. She received numerous honors as an entrepreneur, including “Top Ten Small Business of the Year” in 2002 from the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, “Emerging Company of the Year” in 2000 from The Minority Business Council and “Female Company of the Year” in 1999 from the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce.
Alberta Green
Director - Information Technology Initiatives
With more than 16 years with a Fortune 170 company, a higher education institution, the State of Louisiana, and economic development, Alberta Green leads NLEP's recruitment and support of technology companies in our emerging Innovation Corridor. Alberta previously worked as a Lead Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and a Sourcing Recruiter for CenturyLink and at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) as the Director of ULM’s Career Connections and as a career counselor. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree - both from ULM. Alberta received the "Top 20 under 40" Award for Northeast Louisiana and University of Louisiana at Monroe's Rising Alumni honor.
Michele Riney
Director - Operations
Michele has nearly 15 years of experience in office management, human resources and accounting. She manages the operational, human resources, and general fiscal activities of the NLEP. She has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring NLEP operates as efficiently as possible. Prior to joining NLEP, Michele worked for Delta Airlines as an international reservations specialist. Her prior experience also included working as a database manager for Burnett’s Staffing; as a personal assistant for Dallas-based Ashwood Investments; and as a human resources/accounts payable specialist for Atlantic Industrial Services; and as human resources assistant for Datatrac, Fort Worth, Texas.
Contact Information:
  • Shreveport, LA
    333 Texas Street, Suite 411
    Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
    (318) 677-2536
  • Monroe, LA
    1900 North 18th Street, Suite 501
    Monroe, Louisiana 71201
    (318) 387-0787
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