Commissioner Alec Porteous
Alexander E. (Alec) Porteous is the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
Porteous, a native of Falmouth and current resident of Portland, has a history of both state and federal service, as well as a background in the private sector. At the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS), he oversees nine bureaus and more than 1,200 employees serving the executive, legislative and judicial branches, all state agencies and the general public. The Department's broad range of responsibilities for state government are served through the Bureau of the Budget, Bureau of Business Management, Bureau of Human Resources, Division of Financial and Personnel Services, the Office of Information Technology, Bureau of Real Estate Management and the Office of the State Controller. In addition, the Department is responsible for managing Maine Revenue Services and the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.
In his role as Commissioner, Porteous is responsible for the development of the State of Maine's biennial budget, guiding state tax policy and overseeing the administration of tax laws, directing technology services and infrastructure, maintenance and investment in the state taxpayer-supported real estate portfolio, state procurement, and the recruitment and retention of one of Maine's largest and most diverse workforces.
Prior to joining DAFS, Porteous served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He joined the LePage Administration in 2014 as DHHS Deputy Commissioner of Finance. In these capacities, he oversaw the DHHS budget, accounting, audit and contracting functions and was responsible for developing and managing the Department's $7 billion biennial budget.
Prior to joining the LePage Administration, Porteous served as a staff member for U.S. Senator Susan Collins. From 2011 to 2013, he was the Senator's State Office Representative in Portland and was a member of her legislative staff in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2005. In the private sector, Porteous worked as a Policy Advisor for Gibson Dunn in Washington, DC, focusing on financial services issues and congressional investigations, and as an Associate in the Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers.
Porteous earned his BA from Colby College and his MBA from Cornell University. He is a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art, where he serves as co-chair of the Contemporaries Steering Committee, and as a member of the museum's External Affairs and Audit Committees, respectively. Also, Porteous is a member of the Maine Technology Institute Board of Directors.