Downtown Shreveport Unlimited hires new executive director

Downtown Shreveport Unlimited, downtown’s quality of life organization, has hired Mary Helen Marrs as its new executive director.

Marrs will replace Melanie Bacon, who retires at the end of the year after 21 years in the position.

“Mary Helen possesses all the qualities necessary to make a seamless transition and to carry DSU into the 21st century,” said Bacon.

Marr’s background is in trade show management and financial planning. She will manage and coordinate the Mudbug Madness Festival, DSU’s signature event, along with other projects like BREW and raising funds for improving Festival Plaza.

She is a Shreveport native, graduate from Byrd High School and the College of Charleston. After college, Marrs worked abroad and out of state until 2011 when she returned to start a family. She and her husband, Brandon, have three very active sons that keep them busy.

“I am so excited about the possibilities and potential for the future of Downtown Shreveport Unlimited and downtown Shreveport and am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve an organization that makes a positive impact on our city,” said Marrs.

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