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Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives

Kathy Im is Director of the Media, Culture and Special Initiatives program.

She is responsible for the Foundation’s media program, which includes support of nonprofit journalism, documentary films, and innovation in public and independent media. Her portfolio also includes a changing set of short-term, special initiatives.

Kathy is a board member of Media Impact Funders and the Center for Asian American Media.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathy was a Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, she worked at the Bank of America Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, and the Field Foundation of Illinois. Kathy is a 2007 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a civic program for Chicago leaders.

Kathy Im earned her bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and her master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she was a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review.

Kathy K. Im works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:


Strengthening American Democracy


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