Hammond DDD Staff

Michelle Kendall, MPH

Executive Director
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Michelle Kendall became a part of the DDD in 2018 as an intern. Since then, she has served in various roles including Community Programming Manager, Farmers Market Manager, Assistant Director, and was promoted to the role of Executive Director in December 2022.

Michelle is a Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from LSU Health Science Center of New Orleans. Her varied professional and academic background spans over various sectors including public health, economic development, government, non-profits, and more.

Her past work includes policy & legislative coordination for the Louisiana Cancer Control and Prevention Programs, Co-Chair of the Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition, non-profit event planning & fundraising for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, and research & evaluation for Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She developed a passion for small businesses at her very first job as cashier & supervisor at Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket in Downtown Covington, LA.  

Originally from Folsom, LA, she is has called Hammond her home since 2014. She lives in the Iowa Addition, a historic Hammond neighborhood just blocks from Downtown, and is currently renovating a home built in 1903. In her free time, she enjoys strolling around Downtown with her family (fiancée Jonathan, son Ellis, and dogs Pinto and Adzuki). 

Savannah Phillips

Hammond Farmers & Artisans Market Manager

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Savannah Phillips started with the DDD as a bright-eyed summer intern and when the opportunity arose, she was excited to be hired on part-time as the Hammond Farmers and Artisans Market Manager in August 2023.

Born and raised in Ponchatoula, LA, Savannah has her familial roots in strawberry farming, and loves working with the earth and her hands to watch things grow. Presently, she is pursuing a dual major in Communications and Visual Arts, with a concentration in ceramics and photography, and a French minor at Southeastern Louisiana University. 

In Savannah's experience, life is improved by the creation of the art that imitates it. In her work, she strives to use her skills to bring light to the relationship between humans and the land that supports them, promoting local farm to table in a way that has a positive effect on economy and ecosystem alike.  

In her little free time, Savannah enjoys working in her garden, reading, and roller-skating downtown Hammond with her dog, Kitsuné. 


Now Hiring: Assistant Director

We are looking for a creative and passionate individual to be the Assistant Director at the DDD! 

SUMMARY: The Assistant Director of the Hammond Downtown Development District will aid as the direct assistant to the Executive Director. The Assistant Director is responsible for executing office operations, project management/ event planning, communications, and related work as required. This position requires work on evenings and Saturdays for events throughout the year. 

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter, resume, professional references, and portfolio of events and/or marketing products to DDD Executive Director, Michelle Kendall, via email at [email protected]. Include the following subject line: ‘Assistant Director Application – [your name]’.

Please review the official job advertisement before applying. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2024 or until suitable candidate is found.

View Assistant Director Job Advertisement 

Intern & Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get involved and make a difference in Downtown Hammond? We offer annual & semester internships for academic course credit and year-round volunteer opportunities.

Internships for Summer 2024 now open! Positions include Communications, Events, Graphic Design, Journalism, and Farmers Market. 

For more information about DDD internship opportunities - CLICK HERE
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