Sheena Bryant, CEcD

Sheena Bryant leads NLEP’s Business Development Program, recruiting companies to the 14-parish region and assisting them with expansion. Sheena has extensive experience in economic development, international relations, and public policy.  She previously led a division within the Guam Economic Development Authority, where she supervised four analysts and worked to support international investors establishing businesses in the U.S. territory.  Prior to this, Sheena directly supported the Governor of Guam by helping oversee all state-level public safety agencies, including the Police Department, Fire Department, Homeland Security, Customs, and Department of Corrections. During her time in government, she received the Governor’s Award for effectively advocating the region’s interests on a U.S. presidential task force and at international development organizations. 

Sheena’s experience extends into the private sector and academia. While working for Deloitte Consulting, she managed multimillion-dollar contracts and was instrumental in business development initiatives.  She received a corporate award for exceptional performance on a marketing campaign and was subsequently sent to Yale University’s School of Business Management to complete an advanced consulting skills program.  Through her work, she has held security clearances of varying levels with the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State.  

Community service is important to Sheena.  She has volunteered her time as an adjunct instructor of Economics at a local community college, served as the Secretary of the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council, and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Louisiana District Export Council. Sheena was named “Top 40 under 40” in 2019 by the Young Professionals Initiative of Northwest Louisiana and is an ATHENA Leadership Award nominee, an honor extended to women demonstrating excellence in professional leadership, community leadership, and mentorship. 

Sheena earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She has completed several prestigious fellowships affiliated with the East West Center, Institute for International Public Policy, Aspen Institute, and Center for Strategic International Studies Pacific Forum.  Sheena is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and is pursuing her Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification.