Kim Trent is a leader in the historic preservation community nationally. She has spent more than two decades creating solutions for reusing historic resources to meet community needs. Through her work with Knox Heritage; her mentoring of preservationists and organizations across the country; and serving on the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kim has gained the reputation for being a problem solver, relationship builder and savvy advocate for preservation-based development.
She served for 15 years as the executive director of Knox Heritage, the non-profit historic preservation organization for the 16-county region encompassing Knoxville, Tennessee. She brings a diverse background to her current role, including experience in journalism, community organizing, community development banking, public relations and non-profit management. She has worked in historic preservation professionally and as a community volunteer and advocate at the local, state and national level for more than 25 years and is a proponent of preservation-based community and economic development. She is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a graduate of the University of Alabama.
Specialties: Historic real estate development & financing; construction management; issue advocacy; media & public relations; non-profit management of staff, programs & budgets; strategic planning; development & implementation of policies & initiatives; management of fundraising activities, grant writing & contracts; special event planning & promotion; program development, management & implementation; cultivation of working relationships with government officials, developers & business leaders.