Senior Staff

Larry Hayes Larry Hayes
Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Responsible for the development and administration of executive policies and for the overall management of the agency.

Hollie Spade Hollie Spade
Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary
Provides support to senior staff, including staffing-related issues and program details. Serves as the Cabinet legislative liaison.

Mandy Lambert Mandy Lambert
Commissioner, Department for Business Development
Oversees programs and initiatives designed to support new investment, job creation and retention across the state.

Interim Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship
Works to cultivate an entrepreneurial and small business support system through an array of programs, initiatives and partnerships benefiting entrepreneurs, small business owners and knowledge-based start-up entities.

Joe Lilly Joe Lilly
Executive Director, Office of Research and Public Affairs
Responsible for supporting business development in the state through marketing and communications activities, research support, database and GIS analysis and development and site evaluation services.

Katie Smith Katie Smith
Executive Director, Office of Financial Services
Provides Cabinet-wide services in areas of accounting, budgetary and fiscal affairs, program administration, compliance, personnel and administrative functions.

Caroline Baesler Caroline Boeh Baesler
General Counsel, Office of Legal Services
Handles all legal issues for the Cabinet and provides general analysis of programmatic and internal administrative issues; serves as Title VI Coordinator.


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development   Old Capitol Annex  300 West Broadway   Frankfort, KY 40601
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