Ken Bigger, AM’94, PhD’05

Chicago, Illinois

Executive Director, Chicago Literacy Alliance (CLA)

Ken Bigger, AM’94, PhD’05, held several positions at the University of Chicago both before and after completing his doctorate, including director of principal gifts strategy and associate secretary of the University. He is a former board member of Brent House, the Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Chicago. Bigger represents the Divinity School on the Alumni Board.

Bigger is a nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of experience working in fundraising and volunteer engagement in higher education and other nonprofits. He currently serves as executive director of the Chicago Literacy Alliance, which works to increase the combined impact of literacy organizations in Chicago by fostering creative and effective collaboration. The CLA operates the nation’s first coworking space dedicated to literacy organizations and their cause, the Literacenter, which received a 2016 Best Practices Award in literacy from the Library of Congress.

In 2012 he cofounded Murder Ballad Monday, a regular column on folk and popular music, hosted by Sing Out! magazine since January 2015.

He is married to Sara F. Bigger, AM’92. Sara and Ken served as resident heads of Shorey House in Pierce Tower from 2000 to 2005.