Caitlin Cain

Caitlin L. Cain, CEcD

Caitlin Cain is a certified Economic Developer and Urban Planner. She has over 15 years of experience in governmental/organizational leadership and in working with non-profits and public-private partnerships on a variety of policy, economic development and complex project management initiatives. Caitlin currently serves as the CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, where she works to champion international trade and economic development initiatives throughout the State of Louisiana. Her previous experience includes a federal appointed term as the Regional Advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, covering Region VI, which includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Throughout this tenure, Caitlin worked to amplify the voice of small businesses and advocate for policy and regulatory change to federal agencies and the White House; she also works on forging numerous public-private partnerships in a variety of economic sectors.

Caitlin previously served as the Director of Economic Development for the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC), where she attracted millions of dollars of investment and coordinated the work of many complex projects ranging from infrastructure development to land use and economic revitalization plans; her post-hurricane Katrina/disaster recovery efforts included retaining and developing the new VA Medical Center and the University Medical Center and initiating and overseeing the complex planning and development of the larger New Orleans Regional Biosciences District. Prior to that, Caitlin served as both a retail/market analyst and urban planner for a major design firm in Detroit, MI where she worked on designing, analyzing and developing Traditional Neighborhood Developments (TNDs).

Caitlin is also the founder and principal of Cain & Co. – a boutique, women-owned consulting firm specializing in fund development, strategic planning and complex project management.

Caitlin has been recognized as a two-time recipient of City Business Magazine’s “Women of the Year”, was honored as “Star of the Southwest” by the Economic Development Administration and recognized by Gambit Magazine as one of the “40 Under 40” for 2014. More recently, Caitlin was selected as a Fulbright candidate as part of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. Caitlin received a master of urban planning degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the New Orleans Leadership Institute, past President of the Women’s Professional Council and sits on numerous boards and advisory councils throughout the region.

Brandy Dufrene

Brandy M. Dufrene

Brandy Dufrene is the Vice President of Business Development for the World Trade Center of New Orleans. As Vice President of Business Development, Brandy is responsible for all aspects of membership. The World Trade Center of New Orleans consists of over 1,000+ diverse companies and executives. Brandy serves as the single point of contact for members of the WTC, functioning as their liaison.

Prior to joining the WTC, Brandy sold commercial and residential real estate for RE/MAX. Brandy’s real estate license is currently active, and she has established herself as both a commercial and residential real estate “jack of all trades.” Brandy has more than 15 years of experience working in multiple facets of the real estate industry. Brandy also previously owned Hemline, a designer clothing boutique located in Baton Rouge.

Brandy received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Brandy is married to Ryan Dufrene, and the couple currently resides in Old Metairie with their son.

In addition to her professional associations, Brandy devotes some of her time to community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, and for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

Contact: | (504) 684-2357 | LinkedIn

Meaghan McCormack

Meaghan R. McCormack

Meaghan McCormack is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the World Trade Center of New Orleans. In addition to public relations and strategy, Meaghan manages all administrative aspects of WTC industry committees, programs, and events such as the signature Louisiana International Trade Week and Jubilee. Meaghan previously worked for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, helping catalyze small business owners through education, advising and access to capital. She also taught online tools training to small business owners through the Google Community Leaders Program. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, Meaghan knows and values the positive impact small businesses have, both regionally and beyond.

Meaghan received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and Marketing with minors in Sociology and Mass Communications from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, she was the President of the American Marketing Association, Vice President of the Loyola Entrepreneur Association, and Chancellor of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. She is also a graduate of the New Orleans Business Alliance’s Economic Development Ambassador program and the Young Leadership Council’s Leadership Development Series.

Passionate about creating meaningful change, Meaghan is also an avid volunteer and has worked with the Harry Tompson Center homeless shelter, the Edible Schoolyard, and for the Orleans Public Defenders. In everything she does, Meaghan seeks to support socially responsible business and make sure every aspect of local communities thrive.

Contact: | (504) 619-9837 | LinkedIn