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Kim Trent

Chair, Board of Governors, Wayne State University; Senior Vice President, Corporate and Civic Engagement, Compass Strategies LLC

Kim Trent is chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors and senior vice president of corporate and civic engagement for Compass Strategies LLC.

Trent 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.

Trent joined the Washington staff of former U.S representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in 1997. She has also served as Detroit Regional Manager for Sen. Debbie Stabenow and director of former Michigan governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s Southeast Michigan office.

Trent’s current community leadership includes her service as president of the board of trustees of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation and vice president of the board of Connect Detroit. She serves on the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s National Social Action Commission. She is an active member of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.

She has received the State Bar of Michigan’s Liberty Bell award and the Women of Wayne State University’s Headliner award.

Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Africana studies and master’s degree in communication from Wayne State University. She received a graduate degree in African studies from the University of Cape Town. Trent 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 a graduate of the Leadership Detroit program.

She lives in Detroit with her husband, writer and historian Ken Coleman, and their son.