Quentin Messer Jr. is the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s (MEDC) chief executive officer and president and chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. Messer is charged with implementing and executing MEDC’s core mission of business development and attraction, community development, providing access to capital, and enhancing Michigan’s image and brand with a focus on building a strong and equitable economy for all Michiganders.
Messer is a member of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s cabinet and serves on the boards of the American Center for Mobility, Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, International Economic Development Council, and Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute, and is a member of the Michigan Council on Climate Solutions.
Prior to joining MEDC, Messer was president and chief executive officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance, which under his leadership, became one of fewer than 80 accredited economic development organizations worldwide. Messer also served as the Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana’s department of economic development.
Quentin is an alumnus of the Boston Consulting Group and O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a degree recipient from Princeton and Columbia Universities.