Executive Team


Vivek Sarin

Interim Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Responsible for the Commonwealth’s overall economic development growth as well as all corporate recruitment and retention efforts.

Sean Muldoon

Economic Development Executive

Erran Persley

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

Kristina Slattery

Executive Director, Office of Business and Community Services
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.

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.

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.