Brett Smiley

Mayor of Providence

Brett will be an important voice for equality in Providence!

Biography

Over the past decade, Brett has worked hard to build a Providence and a state that we can all believe in. Once dubbed “the man with the plan” – someone with the ideas and know-how to help Providence businesses and working families succeed – Brett was chosen by Mayor Elorza to serve as Chief Operating Officer in City Hall in 2015. After his time at City Hall, Brett worked hard for the State of Rhode Island, serving both as Chief of Staff to Governor Raimondo and Director of Administration during the states robust response to COVID-19, a position he held until March 2021. 
 
When Brett first came to Providence, he instantly fell in love with the city – the great restaurants, vibrant neighborhoods, world-class arts and culture, and above all, the people. A product of the public school system and the son of an accountant and preschool teacher, Brett was raised to value fairness and appreciate the importance of education and hard work, and he has applied these values in everything he has done. 
 
Brett is active in a number of non-profits, community groups and causes, including Planned Parenthood, for which he raises funds and provides strategic counsel. He has also been deeply involved with Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI) and the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. 
 
Brett is a graduate of DePaul University, where he received a finance degree and an M.B.A. He lives on the Eastside of Providence with his husband Jim DeRentis. Both Jim and Brett are avid runners. 

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