Board Member Jonathan Kinloch has been engaged in Detroit’s social and civic community for over twenty years. He graduated from Detroit Public Schools’ Northwestern High School and among the lessons learned was the importance of community service. During his formative years, Kinloch was fortunate to have engaged in internships and volunteerism efforts under the guidance of Michigan trailblazers such as, former Detroit City Council President, Erma L. Henderson; Detroit’s former Ombudsman Marie Farrell- Donaldson; and Gloria C. Cobbin, a former president of the Detroit Board of Education. He attributes these experiences with learning the importance and privilege of public service.

Board Member Kinloch has served on the Wayne County Planning and Development Commission (1989-1991); Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals (1998-2007); Detroit Library Commission (2008-2013) and previously as a member of the Detroit Board of Education (2006-2007). During his previous service on the Detroit Board of Education, he chaired the Committee on Human Resources, Policy and Legislative Affairs. While serving, he introduced a number of policies which remain with the district today. He’s most proud of the Office of Inspector General, DPS Police Department, and the city-wide voter approval granting DPS subpoena power during corruption investigations.

Board Member Kinloch worked as a Legislative Aide to former Michigan State Senator Jack Faxon and served as Director of Government and Community Relations for Trend Industries, Inc. Currently, he is president of The Kinloch Group, Inc., a multi-faceted entertainment and media company. He continues to volunteer and lend his support to various causes locally and nationally. He is a member of Triumph Church, serves on the Executive Committee for the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and the Michigan Democratic Party, where he is an Officer-at-Large. He also serves as the Chair of the Democratic Open Government Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party.

Board Member Kinloch returns to the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education with a sense of urgency and purpose to work with other Board Members to make choices about policies and resources that will help reshape education in the Detroit community while ensuring high level of student achievement for all students.