Senior Vice President, Membership and Growth
Trent Edwards serves as TechNet’s Senior Vice President of Membership and Growth. Based in Austin, he oversees TechNet’s partnerships with existing members, leads new member recruiting efforts, and focuses on building other new revenue and partnership opportunities for the organization. Trent previously served as TechNet’s Vice President of Membership and Strategic Partnerships from 2019-2022.
Trent has nearly 20 years of experience in politics and public policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to rejoining TechNet, Trent served as Vice President of Technology Member Development at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the Director of Development for the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) and American Action Network (AAN). Under his leadership, the organizations raised $190 million and helped elect more than 50 Members of Congress. Prior to his role at CLF, he was Chief of Staff to Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), where he helped build and oversee the Congressman’s operations in both Washington, D.C. and Tennessee during his first term. Trent has also held various fundraising roles on political campaigns and committees, including two election cycles leading the Field Finance Department at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
Trent holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. He resides in Austin, TX, where he and his wife take full advantage of all the live music, outdoor adventures, and outstanding barbecue that the region offers.