Acting Commissioner Alec Porteous
Alec Porteous is the Acting Commissioner and Commissioner-designate of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
He will serve as Acting Commissioner until Governor Paul R. LePage submits his formal nomination to the legislature for consideration and confirmation later this year.
Porteous joins the department from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He joined the LePage Administration in May 2014 to serve as DHHS' Deputy Commissioner of Finance.
Porteous previously worked as a policy advisor for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., focusing on financial services issues and congressional investigations. He also worked as an associate in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers, where he served on teams providing strategic and financial advice to firm clients.
Prior to joining the LePage Administration, Porteous was a vice president at Harpswell Capital Advisors in New Gloucester, Maine. He also served from 2011 to 2013 as state office representative in Portland for U.S. Senator Susan Collins and as a member of her legislative staff in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2005.
At the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Porteous oversees eight 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 include budgeting and financial management, human resources, information technology services, facilities and fleet management, public improvements, procurement, self-insurance and risk mitigation, as well as other administrative services. In addition, the department is responsible for managing the Maine Revenue Services, the Maine Lottery, and the wholesale liquor business in Maine.
Porteous earned his BA from Colby College and his MBA from Cornell University. He is a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art; he serves as co-chair of the museum's Contemporaries Steering Committee and as a member of the museum's Development Committee.