Elected November 2012
Term of Office: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2020
When native Detroiter Kim Trent graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1987, she earned a full scholarship to Wayne State University through the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation. Kim was in the third class of the university’s innovative Journalism Institute for Minorities, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Africana studies in 1991. Kim also holds a master’s degree in communication from Wayne State University.
Kim began her career as a city hall reporter for the Detroit News in 1991, covering the city’s housing department, Detroit City Council and the mayoral administrations of Coleman A. Young and Dennis W. Archer. She left the Detroit News in 1995 and moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where she earned a graduate degree in African studies from the University of Cape Town.
After a brief stint as a city hall reporter for the Toledo Blade, Kim joined the Washington staff of Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in 1997. After six years as Kilpatrick’s communications director, she joined the staff of United States Senator Debbie Stabenow as Detroit regional manager in 2003. In 2007, she was appointed director of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s southeast Michigan office, a cabinet-level position in state government. Since 2011, she has been student recruitment manager for Michigan Future Inc., an Ann Arbor-based think tank that is focused on strategies to prepare Michiganders for the knowledge-based economy.
She has completed fellowships with the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C. and the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Detroit program. She continues to write for local and national publications.
Kim serves on several boards, including the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Detroit, and is a past president of Wayne State’s Organization of Black Alumni. As a Wayne State University undergraduate, Kim became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She now serves on the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. She is a member of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.
Kim has received many awards, including the State Bar of Michigan’s Liberty Bell award and the Women of Wayne State University’s Headliner award. She lives in Detroit with her husband, former Detroit Charter Commissioner Ken Coleman, and their son.