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Tessa Vierk

Co-FOUNDER

With a wide-ranging background in the culinary arts, food and social justice, and sustainability, Tessa is a community builder interested in creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and resource equity in her community. Seeing a need for safe, accessible, and equitable spaces that empower self-directed learning and personal improvement, she set out to bring Chicago its first public tool lending library.

email: tessa@chicagotoollibrary.org

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Jim Benton

Co-FOUNDER

Jim believes that all people should have access to the things they need to thrive. A computer programmer by trade, he leads teams empowered by shared ownership, knowledge, and experience. Jim lived for several years in Portland, OR, where he served on the board and as President of the Southeast Portland Tool Library. Now back in Chicago, Jim is excited to put his experience to use opening The Chicago Tool Library.

email: jim@chicagotoollibrary.org

 
 
 
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Mike Wilkin

Tool geek

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Cortney Crego

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Stephanie Larson

tool witch

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Will Gosner

tool cataloger

 
 

Consider joining us!

The Chicago Tool Library is currently run on 100% volunteer power. Check out our Get Involved page to join our team!

 
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librarian

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tool maintenance

 
 
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programming & education

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volunteer coordination

 
 
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fundraising & eventS

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