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Brett Smiley

Before coming to the Department of Administration, Brett Smiley served for more than three years as Governor Gina Raimondo’s Chief of Staff. In that role, Brett oversaw internal operations within the gubernatorial office and collaborated with state offices, departments, and agencies to implement the Governor’s vision for a more prosperous state. In addition, Brett acted as the Governor’s chief advisor, helping to identify priorities, shape policy, and develop initiatives.

Prior to joining Governor Raimondo’s team, Brett garnered municipal governing experience as the Chief Operating Officer for Rhode Island’s capital city, Providence. There, Brett primarily authored two of the city’s annual budgets and focused on identifying areas of financial opportunity for the city.

A Chicago native, Brett received a finance degree and an M.B.A. from DePaul University, but moved to Rhode Island to manage a political campaign in 2006. Brett now lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his husband, Jim, a real estate broker.


Brett Smiley