Quentin Messer, Jr.
Audubon Nature Institute Board Member
At New Orleans Business Alliance, Quentin leads economic development strategy for Orleans Parish, along with overseeing initiatives and programs related to business attraction and retention, economic competitiveness, and small business ecosystem development. These include and are guided by executing the city’s five-year-plan for economic growth, Prosperity NOLA.
Prior to joining NOLABA, Quentin was the Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development (LED.) At LED, he was a member of the department’s executive management team, serving as President of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Secretaries Moret and Grissom’s designee to the Research Park Corporation board, where he was the Board Treasurer and Chairperson, Audit Committee, staff lead for the Louisiana Innovation Council (LIC), and the department’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. Quentin has been honored as (i) Opening Speaker for New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s Innovation Louisiana in 2013 and (ii) Panelist for the 2014 UNO and Latter & Blum Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar.
The father of two daughters – one a 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 a JD/MBA from Columbia University’s Law and Business Schools, respectively.