Imani K. “Ike” Evans has served as Public Affairs Representative at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since 2012, where he brings skills in writing, digital content creation, journalism and media pitching and strategy. His roles include marketing communications, media outreach and assisting with implementing the foundation’s overall communications strategy. He is an editor of Mental Health Headlines, a weekly digest service, and the host of Into the Fold, the foundation’s podcast on mental health issues. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at The University of Texas School of Information, where he aims to pursue projects that explore the intersection of information management, archives, and digital humanities with a focus on heath equity.
Previous roles include staffer at the Texas NAACP, and contract public relations writer with DiverseArts Production Group, a cultural arts nonprofit in Austin. As a freelance writer, Ike has contributed to outlets including the Dallas Examiner, Texas Observer and NOKOA.
Ike was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but has been an Austinite for most of his life. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Drake University. His hobbies include reading, podcasts, home brewing, writing and video games.