Kim Hunt co-founded and currently serves as Principal Consultant at OHcp. In her time with OHcp, she has grown the firm’s work in the transportation/infrastructure sector and government practice area to a national scale. She develops and implements community planning processes, policy/advocacy campaigns, and capacity building projects for nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies. Her leadership in fundraising has been instrumental in raising over $14 million for client programs and general operations. Additionally, her technical assistance services and research products have lead to the development of well-planned, community-supported transportation systems and new investment in public infrastructure within underserved communities.
Ms. Hunt has over 20 years of experience in the areas of public policy and urban planning with a focus on transportation issues. Before becoming a consultant, she worked for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for 13 years after completing a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at CTA she gained considerable experience in project design and management, program budgeting, program financing, collecting and analyzing operations data, developing and participating in public outreach programs, investigating best practices, and conducting applied research. Due to her extensive transportation experience, Ms. Hunt was recently asked to serve as a committee project manager for Mayor Daley’s 21st Century Commission, which he charged with the ambitious goal of developing recommendations within one year for positioning city government to serve the needs of Chicago residents more efficiently and impactfully for the coming decades.
After leaving CTA, Ms. Hunt created KLH Consulting Services, which provided startup and fundraising services to not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and community initiatives. Under KLH she assisted in raising more than $1,000,000 in foundation, corporation, and government grants.
Ms. Hunt is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy Studies where she enhanced her transportation experience with the school’s rigorous quantitative training and electives that focused on urban policy issues and urban geography. While at the Harris School, she had the honor of working in South Africa to develop a methodology for a fares equity study with the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport.
Ms. Hunt is board president of Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, an experiential learning program that uses Chicago as its classroom to expose college students from small and/or rural communities to urban life, and works with Affinity Community Services, one of the few resources in the Midwest that addresses the needs of African American lesbians and LGBT youth of color. Ms. Hunt is also a member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, American Planning Association, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Transportation Research Board, and Women in Planning + Development, and was recently inducted into the Lambda Alpha International, a land economics honor society. Ms. Hunt is a published author and has written and presented research papers on public policy, transportation planning and policy, and social justice.