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December 11, 2023 9:56am

Greater Louisville Inc. hires Helen Hacker as director of government affairs

Louisville, KY. (December 11, 2023) – Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) named Helen Hacker, J.D., its new director of government affairs and public policy. In her new role, Hacker will manage GLI’s six issue advisory committees and work closely with GLI’s Public Policy Council to create the business community’s local, state, and federal agendas. She will also work closely with state and local elected officials to advocate for pro-growth policies.

“Advocacy is central to our mission at GLI. Our skilled team consistently achieves big wins for the business community and helps grow our regional economy,” stated Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President, and CEO of GLI. “We are excited to bring Helen on board and leverage her policy expertise to continue serving as the voice of the Greater Louisville business community.”

Prior to joining GLI, Hacker spent two years working for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission where she drafted legislation and supported legislative committees focused on Economic Development, Workforce Investment, Tourism, Small Business, and Information Technology. Specifically, Hacker worked with members of the Unemployment Insurance Reform Taskforce as they sought to revamp the state’s system and policies. Hacker is a Louisville native with a juris doctorate from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky. Hacker will report to Shelby Somervell, vice president of government affairs and communications.

“I’m excited to work with Helen and use her skills to advance our advocacy work and continue to move the needle on important issues facing our community,” said Somervell. “With her experience and legal background, we are even more equipped to represent our community effectively and achieve positive outcomes.”

GLI is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to driving the regional economy through active engagement across a wide range of policies. Last week, GLI released its 2024 State Legislative Agenda which outlines key policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.



About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. is the Metro Chamber of Commerce and represents 15 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. GLI’s mission is to grow businesses and the regional economy. GLI supports businesses during every stage of development and represents the collective needs of the business community by advocating for pro-growth policies and economic development investment, and deploying programming centered around attracting and developing talent and economic inclusion. GLI is the 2019 National Chamber of the Year and is one of only three percent of chambers nationally certified with 5-star accreditation status by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Learn more on social media @GLIchamber or visit www.greaterlouisville.com.