Susan Kent was working as the general manager for a regional airline when she was transferred to Key West in 1991. She fell in love immediately! Kent loved that a person’s actions here are more important than the size of their home or the number of zeros at the end of their paycheck.

Kent’s appreciation wasn’t just lip-service. Over the years she has become an energetic ambassador for many local causes, including the Key West Business Guild, Pride, Womenfest and The Sister Season Fund. Kent was also part of the team of Marriage Equality advocates who worked with a local same-sex couple in their successful legal battle with the state of Florida.

Kent is also proud to have been part of the effort behind unfurling a 1.25-mile-long Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Professionally, Kent is currently the Program Director for Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys, because, “affordable housing is a critical issue in the Keys.”

Kent has an infectious smile, a passion-driven focus on what matters and a wonderful memory of local history. And, when she says that Key West folks are “some of the most caring, generous and giving people anywhere” it’s pointless to disagree.


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