Brian Trent, MPA, oversees the following NEI activities: financial management, budget execution and formulation, human resources, information technology, administration, and procurement.
Prior to joining the NEI in 2015, Trent served at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as executive officer of the Center for Tobacco Products, leading efforts to establish the first new center at FDA in 35 years. Among his accomplishments, Trent helped build an administrative infrastructure for FDA and the National Institutes of Health to partner in a $300 million program to fund scientific research related to tobacco regulations. While at the FDA, he also served as executive officer of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Trent earned a Bachelor of Science in public administration and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in public financial management from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Upon completion of his degrees, he served in local government financial management as senior budget analyst for Fairfax County, Virginia, and later as deputy budget director for the City of Norwalk, Connecticut.
He began his federal career as a senior program analyst in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Secretary. In 2006, Trent was appointed chief operating officer for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a position he held until joining the FDA in 2010.