DDA + DLU Staff
We work every day 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
Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited
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!”
Director of Development & Planning
Rachel’s role at DDA is to facilitate Downtown real estate development and investment and serve as a liaison for private industry with Lafayette City-Parish government. Her background in architecture, experience with development codes, and involvement in development at all stages—from planning to construction—gives her a unique perspective when working with strategic partners. Rachel also serves on the board of directors for Lafayette Habitat for Humanity and is actively involved in both One Acadiana’s Urban Revitalization and Development Committee and the Acadiana Housing Alliance.
Director of Programming and Engagement
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited
As Director of Programming and Engagement, Jamie Hebert has a great deal of experience in marketing, events, and community outreach.
She most recently served as the Marketing & Events Director for Moncus Park, after pursuing a career in professional sports in Atlanta. Since returning home, she has become a proud resident of the downtown area, is a current member of the current Leadership Lafayette Class XXXIII, and was recently appointed to the Keep Lafayette Beautiful board.
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 creative influencers who host pop-up events and alternative forms of entertainment throughout the city.
Executive Assistant to the CEO, Office Manager
Amy is responsible for managing office services, board minutes, financial statements, and accounting records. In addition to her accounting duties, Amy provides administrative support to the CEO. Outside of the office, Amy spends her time attending festivals, visiting museums, and enjoying our area’s great cuisine.