Kim Trent

Published On: Sep 10 2013 02:46:50 PM EDT

Kim Trent is a Detroit-based writer and communications consultant and longtime Detroit and Democratic Party political operative.

She began her career as a city hall reporter for The Detroit News, covering the administrations of Mayors Coleman Young and Dennis Archer, the Detroit City Council and housing issues.

After stints as a top aide to former U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Trent was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors by Michigan voters in 2012.

Trent also works for Michigan Future Schools, an initiative that is focused on creating small, academically rigorous high schools in Detroit that prepare students for college success. As a freelance journalist, she often writes about race, gender and education issues for local publications.

A native Detroiter whose family first came to Michigan in the mid-19th century, Trent is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State University and a graduate degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

Among the many Detroit non-profit organizations Trent serves is the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, where she is board president. She also serves as vice chair of the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts' Friends of African and African American Art, and the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization.

She is married to Detroit political and communications consultant Ken Coleman. They live in Detroit with their five-year-old son.

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