Bill Hanawalt has called Tacoma home since arriving as a first-year student at the University of Puget Sound in 1997. Since then, Bill has been investing in his local community: first, through his involvement with Peace Lutheran Church, and then as the initial Executive Director of Peace Community Center, a non-profit partnering with Tacoma School District to support the academic and holistic development of Hilltop children, youth and families. Bill started at Peace Community Center as a volunteer and grew the organization to be recognized as a community-wide leader in out-of-school time supports for students, culminating in Bill’s recognition as a White House Champion of Change in 2016. Now Bill works for Degrees of Change, an organization committed to developing diverse local leaders through college completion and career development programming.
Bill is from a family that has been active in Western Washington-area public schools for generations: Bill’s great-grandfather, Paul Hanawalt, spent his entire career as a public educator in Puyallup, where he served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. His grandfather, Frank Hanawalt, was a teacher, principal, and administrator for Seattle Public Schools, and his mom, Dianne, spent her career as an elementary school teacher. Today, Bill is married to Kathy, a career-long public high school teacher who currently teaches at Lincoln High School.
Bill & Kathy have two daughters who are also current Tacoma Public School students.