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Full-time Staff and Interns

Gretchen Siemers

Vice President of Planning and Policy

Gretchen serves as the Vice President of Planning and Policy, and is responsible for our urban planning-related programs and place-based initiatives.  Prior to joining BBR, she worked at Kaiser Permanente as a Corporate Real Estate Land Use Manager responsible for the land use and property entitlements for the company’s over 1000 building portfolio.  With over 15 years of community development experience, Gretchen has worked for Los Angeles County as a Planner and the City of Los Angeles as a Project Consultant providing the best practices for urban planning and real estate.  She is a New Orleans native and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona and a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California. She holds an American Institute of Certified Planners credential.

Kendra Hendricks

Senior Manager of Economic Development and Finance

Kendra serves as the Senior Manager of Economic Development and Finance. In this capacity, she leads economic development initiatives, supports program management, and directs finance and agency operations. Prior to joining BBR, she was the economic development manager for Capital Region Planning Commission, where she was responsible for grant writing technical assistance, grant management, project development, and community outreach and engagement for the capital area. Kendra’s previous experiences include higher education, local government, and nonprofit organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a minor in political science and a Master’s in public administration from Southern University and A&M College. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

Cornelius Payne

Director of Real Estate

​Cornelius serves as the Director of Real Estate structuring and executing real estate transactions that generate affordable housing and commercial assets for low-income communities.  His past experience includes serving as Principal of Growing Paynes Development, Senior Project Manager at the Housing Authority of New Orleans, and Project Manager at Gulf Coast Housing Partnership.  Cornelius was also a former banker examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a real estate professor at Tulane University.  He obtained his Bachelor’s in Finance from Southern University and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, where he graduated with distinction.

Tricia Prewitt

Office Coordinator

Tricia serves as Office Coordinator and is responsible for maintaining a healthy, happy, and efficient work environment, as well as providing a warm, friendly, and informative welcome to anyone calling or stopping by the office. Tricia is from East Feliciana Parish and has lived in Baton Rouge for most of her adult life. In her free time, she works as an independent filmmaker. Prior to joining BBR, she was employed as an Executive Assistant at Baton Rouge City Club.

Jacques Hawkins

Land Bank Program Manager