The West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce has hired the director of legislative affairs for the state’s Division of Administration to serve as its new executive director, the organization announced Friday.

Jamie A. Hanks, who once served as the communications director for former Congressman Rodney Alexander, will officially step into her new role Oct. 12, the parish chamber said.

“Jamie has extensive experience in numerous areas which not only include a track record of success at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, but she also has thorough knowledge of the capital outlay process which helps determine the priority of state funding as it relates to road and infrastructure projects in Louisiana,” Scott Gaudin, chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, said in the news release.

The Chamber has been without a leader since March following the resignation of Kathy Stuart, who accepted a job as a field representative for U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Stuart had served as the Chamber’s executive director for four years.

“West Baton Rouge has positioned itself as a unique place to work and live by bringing in businesses of all sizes and improving the quality of life for its residents,” Hanks said in a prepared statement. “Promoting our businesses, pursuing new economic ventures and serving the best interests of the Chamber are my top priorities.”