Rachel Holland (Class XXXIV)
Director of Downtown Development & Planning, Downtown Development Authority
Rachel Holland is the Director of Development and Planning for the Lafayette Downtown Development Authority, where she oversees the organization’s long-term planning, public space development, research and analysis, and policy initiatives. After having worked in both for-profit and government sectors, Rachel realized her passion for downtown revitalization in her hometown and regularly liaises between public and private interests to carry out key initiatives for the district. Rachel holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University with an emphasis on urban studies.
Diamond Williams (Class XXXVI)
Resource Development Director, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity
Diamond Williams is the Resource Development Director for Lafayette Habitat for Humanity and has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from UL-Lafayette. Diamond has a passion for helping others and building meaningful connections to shape our community, understanding that collective efforts are more impactful than individual endeavors. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Christiana Smith African American Alumni Chapter at UL-Lafayette; a UL Women’s Leadership Conference Planning Committee member; The705 Board of Directors; a One Acadiana Ambassador; a 2024 Top 20 Under 40 Acadiana Leadership Award Honoree, and in a host of other capacities. Diamond finds fulfillment in genuinely listening and understanding others.