Wes Coulam

Executive Director

Washington Council Ernst & Young

Weston Coulam is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he represents clients before Congress and the Administration and provides services related to a broad range of policy areas, including financial services, corporate taxation, employee benefits, pass-through taxation and energy tax issues.

Prior to joining Washington Council Ernst & Young, Wes was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm, and represented Morgan Stanley before Congress and the Executive Branch on various financial services, corporate tax, and real estate and energy policy issues.

Wes has extensive experience working in Congress and has been involved in most of the major tax and budget legislation that Congress has considered since 1993. His career includes Congressional service as a Legislative Assistant and tax policy advisor to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. As an aide to Senator Hatch, Wes had responsibility for tax, banking, and employee benefit issues.

In addition, Wes served as Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME). Wes joined Senator Snowe’s staff as Senior Tax Policy Advisor, assisting her in her role as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and was later appointed Staff Director of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee where he led the Committee’s work providing oversight of federal programs serving small businesses and in authorizing the Small Business Administration and its business development and lending programs. In addition to his duties as Staff Director, Wes continued as principal adviser to Senator Snowe on a range of policy issues, including the budget, taxation, and other economic issues.

Wes has also worked at professional service firms, Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen, where he advised corporate clients on corporate tax, energy and benefits policy issues.

Wes received a B.S from the University of Maryland University College and an MBA from The George Washington University.