Senior Staff

Terry R. Gill

Co-CEO and Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Vivek Sarin

Co-CEO and Executive Officer, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Responsible for the Commonwealth’s overall economic development growth as well as all corporate recruitment and retention efforts.


Senior Executive, Department for Business Development
Responsible for leading efforts to attract new investment in Kentucky through effective economic activities and provide assistance and guidance to existing companies who are currently operating in Kentucky

Kristina Slattery

Executive Director, Office of Workforce, Community Development and Research
Responsible for providing business services to companies and communities, including talent and workforce attraction, community preparedness and other existing industry needs. Also responsible for providing direction and oversight of the Cabinet’s Research function.

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
Responsible for the growth and development of small businesses, entrepreneurs and investors in Kentucky, as well as cultivating economic development growth through the commercialization of innovation, creation of geographic areas of industry strength and identifying future growth opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.

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.