Trimé Kaja is a Senior Manager, Research and Strategic Engagement at the New York City Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC. ThriveNYC works to ensure that every New Yorker has access to mental health support, whenever and wherever they need it. In this role, she partners with the directors of the Office's work on research, communications, government engagement, community engagement and partnerships to develop strategic plans and ensure high-quality work as these plans are implemented.
Before joining ThriveNYC, Trimé was Special Assistant to the Mayor where she managed and anticipated the Mayor's daily operational needs by liaising between the Mayor himself, security detail, the press office, executive staff, and Gracie Mansion staff. Trimé staffed the Mayor at City Hall, town halls, community events, parades, press conferences, studio interviews, and fundraisers. Trimé created briefings, led prep-calls, organized the Mayor's day-to-day schedule, and copy-edited remarks for the Mayor's meetings and speaking engagements.
Trimé started her career at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), where she led the city's first-ever "Iftar in the City," an event that brought together 400 Muslim and non-Muslim New Yorkers, built trust, and exemplified the diversity that makes the city so unique. She helped launch an Ethnic and Community Media Directory that encompasses over 300 ethnic publications in NYC with over 45 different languages. While at MOIA, Trimé managed constituent inquiries by creating referral linkages between City Agencies and community-based organizations to facilitate utilization of NYC services. For this work, Trimé was awarded the Mayor's Customer Service Award in 2016.
Before entering City government, Trimé was a member of the New York Juvenile Justice Corps, an AmeriCorps service program. As a member she helped address the educational and social needs of young people. Trimé is a three-time AmeriCorps Alum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Culture & Deviance Studies and Minor in English & Psychology at City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Trimé is a native New Yorker, and a proud Muslim. She believes we are all walking Kings and Queens. With her mental strength she can run half-marathons. Being a Muslim woman, she has a whole lot to say about higher-education, gender equity, and islamophobia. You will find the scales of justice on her desk. Trimé leaves us all with this — "Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships." — Lauryn Hill.