Kent worked for twenty years as a manager of several environmental health divisions for the City of Albuquerque. He has been appointed by New Mexico Governors from both parties to serve on various boards focused on conservation issues. Starting in 2009, he served a three-year term as a New Mexico State Game Commissioner being appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
In 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to Chair the Valles Caldera National Trust Board which he helped transition to a National Park Preserve. Senator Jeff Bingaman appointed him to serve on the U.S. Senate’s Outdoor Resources Review Group. He is a Past President of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and currently serves as the Western Vice Chair of the National Wildlife Federation Board. He worked in several coalitions advocating for the creation of new wilderness areas in New Mexico and for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the national level.