Our Staff

Pride Action Tank

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Kim L. Hunt

Executive Director

Kim L. Hunt (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of Pride Action Tank, a project of AIDS Foundation Chicago. She drives the innovation, collaboration and learning necessary to make Pride Action Tank a

leader in improving the health, safety and progress of individuals and groups within the LGBTQ+ community.

Ms. Hunt is responsible for launching and operating new initiatives under AIDS Foundation Chicago and also serves as the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy Operations there. In these roles, she builds relationships among stakeholders and a culture that enables inclusion and innovation by ensuring that all participants can fully participate in co-creating ideas and community.

Operationally, she leads program development, fundraising efforts, staff engagement and development, media relations, and communications to the media, and builds relationships with current and potential collaborators and stakeholders.

Education·      

  • Iowa State University, B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications·
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Urban Planning and Policy
  • Harris School for Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, Masters of Public Policy

Recognitions and Awards· 

  • Human Rights Campaign Community Leader Award, 2019
  • Crain’s 2019 Notable LGBTQ Executives·
  • Robbie Smith Award of Excellence, Affinity Community Services, 2019
  • Community Leadership Award, Center on Halsted, 2017
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Cook County State’s Attorney, 2017
  • Advocate of the Year, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, 2016
  • Induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, 2016
  • Civic Engagement, Community Service and Community Organizing Award, UIC Gender & Women’s Studies Program, 2014
  • Ubuntu Leadership Award, United African Organization, 2013
  • Alumni Award, Minorities in Public Policy, Harris School of Public Policy Studies 2013
  • Women & Girls Inspiring Change Award, Global Girls, Inc., 2013
  • PFLAG National Celebrates The Heartland Honoree, 2011
Contact Kim L. Hunt – khunt@aidschicago.org.
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Jackie Thaney
Project Coordinator
Jackie Thaney (she/her/hers) is the Pride Action Tank’s Project Coordinator and also serves as the AFC Policy and Advocacy Operations Team Coordinator. She plays a key role in ensuring the success of Pride Action Tank’s operations, identifying opportunities to increase its cost-effectiveness, and building continual improvement into its work to improve the health, safety and progress of individuals and groups within the LGBTQ+ community. Her work enhances both Pride Action Tank’s and the Policy and Advocacy team’s efficiency and effectiveness and helps to ensure that the maximum possible share of revenue goes to programs that support the mission.

Operationally, she supports program planning, board and committee meetings, fundraising, communications, budget tracking, advocacy logistics and events management.

Contact Jackie Thaney – jthaney@aidschicago.org