Mrs. Trude Johnson Mero, a longtime resident of the City of Hartford, was born in Denmark, South Carolina and attended Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey. During her career, she served as an executive assistant to four former State Governors including: John Dempsey (1961-1971), Thomas J. Meskill (1971-1975), Ella T. Grasso (1975-1980), and William A. O'Neill (1980-1991). Although retired, Mrs. Mero continues to passionately pursue civic, political and community service endeavors for the betterment of her community. Currently, she is a consultant and compliance officer for the Adriaen's Landing Project in Hartford, and a Commissioner for the Metropolitan District Commission.
In 1998 Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin Sullivan appointed Mrs. Mero to the African-American Affairs Commission. During her two-year tenure, she served in leadership roles as its Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. A recipient of the 2001 Urban League Community Service Award and the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award, Mrs. Mero was an incorporator for Hartford Hospital. Her other organizational involvements include Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women's Club (President), Advisory Board for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, NAACP, Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, and the Board of Directors for Spring Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Mero is the mother of three daughters and two sons, and actively participates in the lives of her four grandchildren. She is, and has been, a dedicated member of Faith Congregational Church in Hartford for many years.