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Panelist Bio


Quentin L. Messer Jr.
Louisiana Economic Development

Quentin L. Messer, Jr. is Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development (LED.) Quentin manages initiatives and programs related to business intelligence, community competitiveness, small business services and state economic competitiveness. In his capacity, as a member of the department’s executive management team, Quentin is President of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Secretary Steven P. Grissom’s designate to the Research Park Corporation board, where he is the Board Treasurer and Chairperson, Audit Committee, staff lead for the Louisiana Innovation Council (LIC), and the agency’s representative on ratings agency calls related to the State’s General Obligation and other indebtedness.

Quentin was selected as a 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Award by Grambling State University. He is member of the Council for a Better Louisiana’s (CABL) Leadership Louisiana 2014.

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Quentin is a former corporate transactions attorney, charter school operating executive, and strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Quentin is excited daily by the opportunity to work on better leveraging Louisiana’s human capital, geological and regional assets to transform the life trajectories of more Louisianans.

The father of two daughters, including a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines, and a son, Quentin, is married to Kenya LeNoir Messer, Ed.D, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Diversity, Office of Academic Affairs at LSU. He holds an AB, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and JD/MBA from Columbia University’s Law and Business Schools, respectively.

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