After graduating from Wartburg in 2004 with a degree in business administration, Trent attended the University of Iowa College of Law. She graduated with honors in 2007 and received the Boyd Service Award. After working for a Waterloo law firm for eight years, she opened the Trent Law Firm in Cedar Falls in 2015, specializing in real estate, business and estate planning.
Responding to the needs of her older clients, Trent opened another business, Triumphant Living LLC, in 2017 to assist seniors in making decisions without family support. Through Triumphant Living, she has helped many transition from independent living to assisted living environments or nursing homes. On the other end of the age spectrum, Trent has served as a mentor teaching financial literacy skills to at-risk children through the Job Foundation, named for the biblical figure.
Her faith has been central to her personal and professional life. Trent has been known to pray with her legal clients over complicated issues. “Brooke goes above and beyond to create meaningful relationships with clients simply because she has a caring heart and loves to serve others,” wrote a nominator. She has been active at a local church in multiple roles, including small-group Bible studies, and has served as a finance committee chairperson.
Trent has exercised her passion for lifelong learning through the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber of Commerce Cedar Valley Leadership Institute. She shares her knowledge with the next generation by teaching business and real estate classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa and at Hawkeye Community College. She also has taught part-time in the Master of Business Administration program at Upper Iowa University.
Trent was named the 2008 Volunteer of the Year for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa and served the organization as the Cedar Valley Committee chairperson. Trent’s commitment for philanthropy led her to become the top fundraiser for the Waterloo Arthritis Walk and to serve on the Cedar Valley Committee for the Arthritis Foundation of Iowa. She was recognized among the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier’s “20 Under 40” in 2016. Professionally, she has served on the Iowa Judicial Branch Nominating Committee, the City of Waterloo Development Board and the Iowa State Bar Association’s Real Estate Title Standards Committee. Brooke is an active member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association and serves on the Real Estate Committee.