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GLP Team

The work of The Greater Louisville Project is driven by a project team comprised of experts in their field, dedicated to the work of enhancing Louisville’s competitive edge through data-driven information that engages the community around long-term progress.

Ben Reno-Weber
Project Director

Ben is a social entrepreneur committed to creating opportunities for all people to reach their full potential.  Ben believes the power of passionate leadership, good systems, and a data-driven approach can translate into real impact on our community. 

As Project Director, Ben is passionate about creating a strong civic ecosystem that uses data to effectively engage businesses, social organizations, government, foundations, and academia in actively building community assets.  He is excited to be able to work with people in all segments of our city who are seeking to build a more vibrant future.

Ben is a Louisville native who has worked with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Boston Consulting Group, and the YMCA.  He holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kelsie Smithson
Chief of Operations

Kelsie Smithson manages operations for the Greater Louisville Project. She ensures the GLP’s message and brand continuity through grant writing, social media strategy, and leads engagement tactics and partnership coordination within the community.

Kelsie is passionate about harnessing the city’s public and private resources to make Louisville a city that meets the needs of all of its citizens. Her work includes project management for local small and growing nonprofits including Louisville Girls Leadership, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Venture Connectors, and Plant Pure Nation. She was recognized in 2016 as a Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellow and NFocus New Face of Philanthropy.  In 2014 she was listed on Leo Alt-Weekly’s Under 30 Watchlist.  Kelsie has a BSW from the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work.

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Nate Kratzer
Data Wizard

Nate Kratzer is a political philosopher disguised as a data analyst. He believes strongly in the importance of being transparent about the value assumptions that underlie all data analysis and using data in ways that invite others into democratic deliberation. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the University of Kentucky’s Martin School. He has an M.P.P. from the Martin School and a B.A. in philosophy from Centre College. He is working on a dissertation about the use of information in public policy and has published in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Nate loves jokes about statistics and economics and is the region’s premier source of jokes about the null hypothesis. He is a firm believer in the two laws of economists: 1) For every economist, there exists and equal and opposite economist. 2) They’re both wrong.