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.


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


Executive Director, Office of Workforce, Community Development and Research
Responsible for cultivating growth by developing relationships with the business community to identify and attract talent, provide leadership to regional business service teams, connect labor supply and employer demand as well as 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
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.