DLU Staff

We welcome all who want to help Downtown grow and thrive.

Downtown Lafayette consists of two organizations, the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Development Unlimited who work together to preserve and enhance Downtown Lafayette’s place as the heart of Acadiana. Together they provide resources for businesses, developers, and community members to keep Downtown thriving and successful.

Meet The Team at Downtown Lafayette

Anita Begnaud

Anita Begnaud

CEO

Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited

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As the leader of DDA and DLU, Anita works with Downtown stakeholders, developers, government representatives, and community leaders to create a stronger and more dynamic Downtown for Lafayette. Before joining Downtown Lafayette, Anita worked as the Senior Vice President of Communications and Governmental Affairs with One Acadiana, and she has been actively involved in Lafayette leadership organizations like Leadership Institute of Acadiana and the 705. She currently serves as a board member of South Louisiana Community College Foundation and CASA of SoLA. Anita understands the regional importance of a vibrant urban core and she works to provide a strategic vision for leaders in Lafayette to utilize and grow Downtown as a flagship district for culture and commerce in Acadiana.

Fun fact: Anita is originally from Church Point, Louisiana and has lived her entire life within a 20 mile radius of the heart of our city. As Herman Fuselier likes to say, “It takes a girl from Church Point to run Downtown Lafayette!”

Maureen Dugas Foster

Maureen Dugas Foster

Director

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited

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As the Director of DLU, Maureen oversees all activities undertaken by the non-profit arm of Downtown Lafayette, from the production of events like Downtown Alive and Movies in the Parc to being the primary point of contact for DLU’s robust membership program, to providing marketing opportunities for Downtown businesses. Maureen is the founder of Designing Women of Acadiana, an organization that enables female advocates of design in the fields of architecture, interior design, and construction to expand horizons through the power of design and its impact on social and economic issues.

Fun fact: Maureen is a unicorn!

Hunter Hebert

Hunter Hebert

Operations Manager

Downtown Development Authority

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With a keen eye for design and a deep understanding of how to collaborate with local government, Hunter provides assistance to Downtown property and business owners daily. When he’s not on the streets finding solutions to Downtown’s complicated issues, he works as a member of Lafayette’s Clandestine Collective, a young group of creatives influencers who host pop-up events and alternative forms of entertainment throughout the city.

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Jolene Harris

Jolene Harris

Director of Administration

Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited

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Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Downtown office, maintaining organizational budgets, keeping detailed minutes of board meetings, and organizing communication with board members of both organizations. She has served Downtown for 14 years, and outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and friends at her lake house.

Matthew Holland

Matthew Holland

Marketing Associate

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited

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Matthew coordinates many of the communication and marketing activities of DLU. He crafts Downtown’s blog posts, social media announcements, and newsletters while helping to promote and organize DLU’s many events. Outside of the office, Matthew is an avid home cook, foodie, and cycling advocate. He serves on the board of Bike Lafayette, an organization that campaigns for the creation of cycling infrastructure, educates cyclists and drivers on issues of rider safety, and provides access to cycling for disadvantaged members of the community.

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