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KT Hawbaker

Communications Manager, Builders Vision

KT Hawbaker

Originally from rural Iowa, KT (they/them/theirs) is a storyteller and recovering journalist who serves as the Communications Manager at Builders Vision. They have a background in nonfiction writing, and they've collaborated with advocacy organizations to push for reforms that fortify the rights of marginalized communities.

Social justice and the arts have frequently overlapped throughout KT's career. They have worked as an Arts & Entertainment Writer with the Chicago Tribune and as a Marketing Manager with Emerald City Theatre, the only theatre company to serve all of the city's 50 wards. Most recently, KT was the Communications Associate with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, where their strategic communications helped uplift and pass several bills protecting the rights of survivors.

KT graduated with honors from the University of Iowa, where they earned their B.A.'s in Creative Writing and Gender Studies; they then went on to receive their Masters in New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In their spare time, KT is mastering the art of vegan cooking, planning their next tattoo, or chasing their son around the beaches in Rogers Park.