Kim L. Hunt is the executive director of the Pride Action Tank (PAT), a project of AIDS Foundation Chicago, where she also serves as the senior director of Policy & Advocacy Operations. Ms. Hunt is a lifelong learner who continues to hone and invest her passion in organizational leadership, Black and LGBTQ+ liberation and storytelling. She is the former executive director of Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ people and queer youth. Prior to Affinity she co-founded and served as managing partner of O-H Community Partners, a management and strategy consulting firm. The early part of Ms. Hunt’s career was focused on urban planning, with emphasis on public transportation and community and economic development.
Ms. Hunt is the receipt of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and being named a Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Executive. Her civic activities have included co-chairing chairing the Equality, Equity and Opportunities Committee for the Pritzker/Stratton gubernatorial transition and being a member of the search committee for the Chief Administrator for Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago. Ms. Hunt was recently appointed by Gov. Pritzker to the Illinois Council on Aging and is a member of the AMA Foundation Fellowship Commission on LGBTQ Health. She is currently on the boards of Brave Space Alliance, One Roof Chicago and the Reader Institute of Community Journalism and a member of the planning committee for the OUT at Chicago History Museum program series and advisory council for Willie’s Warriors, a leadership development program for Black women, named after civil rights icon Rev. Willie Barrow. Ms. Hunt is also the co-host of OUTSpoken LGBTQ Storytelling, a monthly show in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, from Iowa State University, master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago.