Senior Staff

Terry R. Gill

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

Vivek Sarin

Executive Officer, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Responsible for many of the Cabinet’s internal functions as well as the overall development of Kentucky’s workforce strategies.

John Bevington

Commissioner, Department for Business Development Oversees programs and initiatives designed to support new investment, job creation and retention across the state and is responsible for GIS analysis and development and site evaluation services.

Erran Persley

Executive Director, International Affairs and Business Development Responsible for assisting the state in attracting international investment and assisting businesses in their efforts to export, expand and thrive in Kentucky.

Katie Smith

Commissioner, Department for Financial Services
Provides Cabinet-wide services in areas of accounting, budgetary and fiscal affairs, incentive program administration, compliance, personnel and administrative functions.

Joe Lilly

Executive Director, Office of Marketing and Public Affairs
Responsible for supporting business development in the state through marketing and communications activities.

Brian Mefford

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.

Jessica Burke

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.