Staff

Meet NLEP's Talented Staff

North Louisiana Economic Partnership's (NLEP) talented team of economic development and marketing professionals offers more than 50 years of combined business development experience and nearly three decades of combined marketing experience. Our team ranks in the top ten globally for the number of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs) on staff. Our expertise and familiarity with North Louisiana can help facilitate your site selection search.

Justyn Dixon

PRESIDENT 

Email Justyn, (318) 677-2512

 

Justyn Dixon serves the North Louisiana Economic Partnership as President and CEO. He is a native of Central Mississippi and has a proven track record for success in the Mid-South.
 
Justyn came to us from his role as the Gulf States Regional Development Director for Agracel, an industrial developer.  Prior to working with Agracel, Justyn supported the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as an Economic Development Specialist in the Mississippi territory where he was responsible for project management and site development. Prior to joining TVA, Justyn worked as a Senior Project Manager with the Mississippi Development Authority’s Global Business division where he focused on recruiting new investment into Mississippi.
 
Before getting into economic development, Justyn spent 12 years in medical/pharmaceutical sales and three years in building material sales. Justyn is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His established relationships with real estate brokers, industrial site consultants, and state, regional and local economic development groups, make him the perfect fit for North Louisiana.

Angie White, CEcD, MBA

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Email Angie, (318) 677-2559


Angie White serves as the Chief Operating Officer with 25 years of economic development, workforce development, and finance experience. 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.

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 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 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 Public Relations Association of Louisiana NW Chapter. Angie was honored with the Community Gem award from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana for her tireless community volunteer work. 
 

Liz Pierre, JD, EDFP

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Legal & Research

Email Liz, (318) 677-2549

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 Corporation, 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 Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Area 81.


Ashley Busada, CEcD

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Government Relations & Business Development

Email Ashley, (318) 677-2508

Ashley Busada oversees NLEP's government relations department. She manages 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 (IEDC).

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 the IEDC Young Professionals 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.  

Sheena Bryant, CEcD

VICE PRESIDENT

Business Development Strategy

Email Sheena, (318) 677-2511


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.  Prior to this, Sheena directly supported the Governor of Guam by helping oversee all state-level public safety agencies, including the Police Department, Fire Department, Homeland Security, Customs, and Department of Corrections. During her time in government, 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. 

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.  Through her work, she has held security clearances with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State.

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.  Sheena has also completed several prestigious fellowships affiliated with the East West Center, Institute for International Public Policy, Aspen Institute, and Center for Strategic International Studies Pacific Forum.  She currently supports the Industrial Asset Management Council on its International Task Force, AFCEA, and the Military Affairs Council. Sheena was recently named Top 40 under 40 by Young Professionals initiative under the Greater Shreveport and Bossier Chambers.  In addition, Sheena is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

 

Michele Riney

DIRECTOR

Operations 

Email Michele, (318) 677-2554

Michele Riney has nearly 19 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 Basic Economic Development Course through IEDC. 

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; as a human resources/accounts payable specialist for Atlantic Industrial Services; and as human resources assistant for Datatrac, Fort Worth, Texas.