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Key Staff Members
Angie White, CEcD
Interim President
With 25 years of economic development, workforce development, and finance experience, Angie White serves as NLEP's Interim Presiden. For the last 12 years, she has led NLEP’s Workforce Development and Talent Recruitment Program. In September 2017, one of NLEP’s workforce initiatives, NWLA Manufacturing Week, won an Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award for Human Capital from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest membership organization for economic developers. She manages TECHBY20, a technology association created by NLEP to support the development of a vibrant technology ecosystem in North Louisiana. Angie is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by IEDC. She is also on the Accredited Economic Development Committee of IEDC, which evaluates economic development organizations for accreditation. 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, and Region 70 for Louisiana.
Liz Pierre, JD, EDFP
Senior Vice President- Legal & Research
Liz Pierre heads NLEP's legal and research departments. Her responsibilities include providing demographic, real estate and community information to site selectors and companies looking to locate or expand in North Louisiana. She also assists communities with identifying and certifying industrial sites for development and works in business development, recruiting new employers to North Louisiana. Liz is an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) as certified by the National Development Council. Before becoming a part of the NLEP team, Liz worked with the Ouachita Economic Development Corporationa, a predecessor organization of NLEP. Her responsibilities there included coordination of a federal tax incentive program. Prior to entering economic development, Liz practiced law in her family’s firm, Pierre & Pierre, LLC. She also served as a contract attorney for the 4th JDC Indigent Defenders Board. Liz earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and serves on numerous local boards, including the University of Lousiana System Board of Supervisors and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Area 81.
Sheena Bryant
Vice President - Business Development Strategy
Sheena Bryant leads NLEP's Business Development Program and is 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, where she supervised four analysts and worked to support international investors establishing businesses in the U.S. territory. Sheena’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. Sheena 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. Sheena has earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently supports the Industrial Asset Management Council on its International Task Force, AFCEA, and the Military Affairs Council. In addition, Sheena is working towards becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
Ashley Busada, CEcD
Senior Vice President – Government Relations and Business Development
Ashley Busada oversees NLEP's government relations and advocacy efforts that impact economic development in North Louisiana. Additionally, Ashley works to recruit companies to North Louisiana under Business Development and handles investor communications and outreach. Ashley is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by the International Economic Development Council. Prior to joining NLEP, Ashley worked for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce as their Government Relations Director. She was the Bossier Chamber’s first registered lobbyist and launched their government relations department. Ashley advocated on behalf of local interests in the state legislature and during annual visits to Washington D.C. She also served as the director of Bossier Youth Leadership, a program that invests in growing the future leaders of Northwest Louisiana. Ashley is member of International Economic Development Council Young Professional Committee and the Northwest Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Cinderella Project of Shreveport, a nonprofit that provides free prom dresses to junior and senior girls in Northwest Louisiana. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Communications from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Her strong commitment to North Louisiana led her to return after college and promote growth and improvement in her community. Busada was honored with the “Top 40 under 40” Award for Northwest Louisiana.
Michele Riney
Director of Operations
Michele has nearly 18 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. Michele has completed the IEDC Basic Economic Development Course. 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.
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    333 Texas Street, Suite 411
    Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
    (318) 677-2536
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    1900 North 18th Street, Suite 501
    Monroe, Louisiana 71201
    (318) 387-0787
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