Brent W. Merchant, Principal and Co-Founder
Brent helps clients achieve their federal objectives in the areas of technology, energy, transportation, housing, health care, education, social services, and international development.
Prior to becoming Principal and Co-Founder of Merchant McIntyre Associates, Brent leveraged his strong federal funding, policy, regulatory, and legislative background, as well as his wide range of expertise and relationships throughout the Executive Branch, on behalf of major nonprofit and corporate clients at Russ Reid's Washington, DC, office.
Beginning in 2009, Brent was the Government Affairs Director for LPB Energy Management, a leading energy data management firm. Brent established the federal government presence for LPB, advising company leadership on policy and legislative matters, and overseeing the development and execution of government contracts and partnerships.
From 2001 to 2008, Brent served as senior staff at the Department of Energy where he was named to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Energy. In that role, Brent advised the Secretary on policy, operational, regulatory, and legislative issues. Brent also served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Energy focusing on policy, project management, and operational issues throughout the Department and its National Laboratory complex.
Brent began his career working as an aide to Senator Spencer Abraham in his native Michigan.