Alec Messina was appointed Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on July 1, 2016. Director Messina previously served as the Policy Advisor for Environment and Energy in the Office of Governor Bruce Rauner, where he was the Governor's liaison to six state agencies: the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois EPA, the Illinois Pollution Control Board and the Illinois Power Agency.
Director Messina's first position after completing law school was an internship with the Illinois EPA's Division of Legal Counsel. He later served the Agency as Chief Legal Counsel from 2005-2009. He previously served as the General Counsel and Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group. Director Messina earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and law degree from Southern Illinois University. He resides in Springfield with his four children.