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.
He is a Financial Times 2021 Agenda Diversity 100 member, a Crain’s Detroit Business 2022 Newsmakers of the Year and 2021 50 Names to Know in Government, a Biz New Orleans 2020 CEO of the Year and 2019 Businessperson of the Year, a 2019 and 2020 Consultants Connect North America’s Top 50 Economic Developer, and a 2018 Ebony Power 100 Power Player.
Quentin is an alumnus of the Boston Consulting Group and O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a degree recipient from Princeton and Columbia Universities.