Wiles, also an expert on the federal appropriations process, served in Washington, D.C. between 2010 and 2015 as a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee under the direction of Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). He has extensive knowledge and experience with the federal funding process, a hands-on understanding of how funding priorities and decisions are determined, and a deep base of contacts to draw upon in Washington and throughout Tennessee.
While counseling Republican committee members on appropriations issues, Wiles developed significant expertise on the appropriations and funding process for the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for arts and cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, and National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
Prior to his time on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Wiles worked in various legislative and state capacities for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), where he began his career. In addition to serving as Alexander’s personal assistant, Wiles worked as a legislative assistant – ultimately covering a broad portfolio of issues related to appropriations, energy, the environment, conservation and transportation infrastructure.
Also experienced in the political arena, he has worked on multiple campaigns and is skilled in the areas of event coordination, media relations, candidate travel and community engagement.
Brent received his degree from the University of Tennessee and lives with his wife and three young sons in Nashville, Tennessee.