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We welcome Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as new Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Detroit

We welcome Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as new Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Detroit

We welcome Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as new Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Detroit 1002 401 habitatdetroit

KenCockrelJrHabitat for Humanity Detroit, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, whose nonprofit mission is to provide low-income working families with decent, affordable housing in which they can raise their families, has announced the selection of Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as its new executive director.  The selection was made after a thorough six month search process.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Board Chairman Bishop Edgar Vann ll.  “Ken will bring leadership and creativity to the organization and will strive to strengthen our programs with a deep sense of commitment.  Ken has the experience, the knowledge base and the relationships to be successful in helping us reach our goals and objectives. We are looking forward to him taking Habitat Detroit to the next level.”

Previously, Ken served as the executive director for the Detroit Future City Implementation Office. 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, as well as 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 an 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 M.A. in International Relations from American University in Dublin, Ireland.

“I am looking forward to this new challenge and continuing to serve the public in this important role,” states Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.  “I am dedicated to the nonprofit sector because it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our communities.  Habitat for Humanity plays a key role in visioning and championing Detroit’s neighborhood revitalization and I’m excited to lead this great organization into the future.”


  • Dr Samuel Stephens January 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Congratulations Ken, we are excited to see how God will continue to work through you in your new position, may His favor rest heavily upon you, May His grace encompass you, May His love protect you, be blessed

  • Congratulations Ken! God bless you.

  • Congratulations Mr.Kenneth Cockrel I know you will do well in your new position as you have in your past endeavors.

  • Takeysha williams January 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    This is awesome news. congratulations mr. Cockrel. i know you will do an awesome job.

  • Congratulations Ken, you are just the man for the job.

  • Congratulations! You’re an excellent choice. I pray the Lord continues to bless all of your ongoing future endeavors.

  • Ken, congratulations on this important milestone. Detroiters will continue to benefit from your passionate persistence in lifting people up in our city.

  • Dr. KB Stallworth January 8, 2016 at 7:33 am

    A fantastic leadership selection. !

    Congratulations Ken on your latest appointment to service….and congratulations to the Board of Directors on their ability to “land” such a exemplary chief executive.

  • What a wonderful choice to lead Habitat in Detroit! The entire community will benefit from Ken’s leadership and commitment.

  • Clifton L. Camp, Esq. January 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Mr. Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. Is an astute individual and has been an asset to Detroit for many years. I am pleased, both Habitat for Humanity Detroit and the City, will continue to benefit from his tutelage.

    Congrats Ken to you and your family!

    Best Regards,
    Clifton L. Camp, Esq.

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