Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr

Independent Consultant

June 14, 2017

Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s Role in Detroit’s Changing Neighborhoods

About the speaker

Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr. is an independent consultant who lives and works in the City of Detroit.

Previously, Ken served as the Executive Director for the Detroit Future City Implementation Office from January of 2014 through June of 2015.  In that capacity, Ken led a 13 person team in efforts to realize the potential of the Detroit Strategic Framework, a 353 page document  which lays out a 50-year land use vision for Detroit.

Prior to this, Ken had an illustrious political career, serving on the Detroit City Council for 16 years, including one term as City Council president, and after serving four terms on the Wayne County Commission.  He also served as Mayor of Detroit in 2008-09, following Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation. 

As a Detroit city councilmember, Ken passed several very important pieces of legislation including: ordinances to prevent the over-concentration of liquor stores, pawn shops, and other disruptive businesses in residential neighborhoods and ordinance mandating timely payment of vendors.  He also established the Green Task Force to educate the Detroit community on green principles and encourage the implementation of green practices in new construction, existing buildings, neighborhood revitalization and government operations.

Ken has a B.A. degree in journalism from Wayne State University, where he graduated cum laude.   He also holds a MA in International Relations from American University in Dublin, Ireland. 

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