our staff 


 terra leavell 


Terra Leavell serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black Community Development Corporation.  In this role she is charged with providing executive leadership, planning, execution and accountability to carry out its mission to creatively transform community space to build a self- sustaining community.  Terra’s heart and soul is vested in building Louisville’s African American community.


Terra brings more than 15 years of nonprofit leadership in program management, public policy, grants management and major gifts.  She has a demonstrated record of launching major projects and has diverse knowledge in community relations.  Her long time tenure with nonprofit organizations has served her well and has uniquely positioned her to further positively impact her community at large.


Terra serves on several boards in the community and has assisted local organizations in the formation of their nonprofit structure.  Her passion is to help visionaries realize their dreams, while pursuing her own life goals.

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Ann Crowe has built a career in the non-profit sector as a sought after event planner and administrator. Ann joined the Black CDC in 2012 as Site Director and Executive Assistant. In her role, she played an integral part in the creation and operation of the Sons of Issachar after school program.


As the Black CDC has grown, Ann’s contributions have helped keep the organization organized and on track. Outside of her work, Ann is an avid crafter and loving mother of 3 beautiful daughters.  





 brent barnett 

marketing director

Brent Barnett has been with the Black CDC since June of 2019 and has helped to bring new creative energy to the organization. As Marketing Director, Brent strategizes how The Black CDC presents its' mission to the community. He brings nearly 10 years of marketing, design, and communication experience to his role.

Before joining the Black CDC, Brent built a career as an entrepreneur, musician, and minister. He has previously served as a Pastor, Worship Leader, and Youth Minister at churches across Central Kentucky and Indiana. He is a sought after Speaker and Consultant, having worked with clients across the world.

Being a part of the Black CDC team allows Brent to serve his beloved hometown and increase opportunity and access in Louisville's West End.