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Meet the Staff of Louisville Downtown Partnership


We are researchers, planners, and strategists with talents focused on sustainability, environmental and community experiences in Downtown Louisville. We are here to promote, analyze, coordinate, create, and welcome.

LDP Staff

Rebecca FleischakerExecutive Director

Rebecca joined LDP as its Executive Director in December 2021. She began her career in public service in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics. After returning to Louisville, Rebecca served the city of Louisville for nearly 22 years, starting in the Mayor’s Press Office in 2000 and most recently was Co-Chief of Louisville Forward. Rebecca’s experience in economic development and knowing her way around the city’s agencies will help guide LDP’s mission of promoting the redevelopment, vitality, and economic growth of the Louisville downtown area. Rebecca holds a Master of Public Administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Miami University.
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James R. Baines, Jr.Deputy Director of Research

Jim has worked for several variations of LDP since 1985. To assist developers and benefit Economic Development Downtown, Jim provides analytic research data on current market conditions and historical trends for Downtown Louisville.
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Frank KalmbachDirector of Finance & Operations

Frank provides financial analysis, oversees the DHA and DCLF loan funds, and oversight for LDP and engages with the LDMD and LDDC Boards of Directors on all financial matters. He also oversees Operations to ensure that the LDP team, stakeholders and community partners have the resources they need to keep Downtown safe, clean and flourishing.
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Leslie ProasiAccounting & Benefits Coordinator

Leslie’s primary focus is keeping the organization’s financial records accurate, orderly and up to date. Leslie is the point of contact for questions related to routine accounting matters. She also provides support services for the DHA and DCLF.
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Chester HicksProject Manager

Capitalizing on a twenty-year career in planning, project management and public administration, Chester manages a broad spectrum of complex economic development and construction projects in our Downtown, through effective communication with LDP stakeholders and our government partners. He also performs geographic data collection, real estate research and analysis.
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April R. ArnoldAdministrative Coordinator

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