Public relations, public affairs & crisis

Gyata Kimmons

Gyata has spent more than a decade honing a unique expertise for community advocacy, public affairs strategy and communications management for all things city-of-Chicago. Beginning in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and up through his work as Director of Community Relations for the Chicago 2016 Olympic campaign, he has been embedded within the core of Chicago’s political and community-based strata.

Prior to joining the Serafin team, Gyata served as the Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart Stores, Inc. He helped formulate the company’s market entry strategy into Chicago, the first urban area in America to welcome the world’s largest retailer. Providing services for both Walmart and Sam’s Club operations, his territory encompassed not only the city of Chicago, but also the six-county Chicagoland area.

A skilled, multi-faceted communicator, Gyata has proven to be an affective relationship builder in both civic and professional affairs, negotiating multi-million dollar contracts and legislative initiatives alike. He developed these skills at the epicenters of political activity in Chicago, working as a Contract Negotiator in the City of Chicago Department of Procurement services and as Assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley in the City of Chicago Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

As the Deputy Director of the Chicago Public School’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, he oversaw the school district’ government lobbying agendas at the federal, state and local levels, and he has worked with advocacy groups, community-based organizations and religious institutions to amass coalitions on behalf of a variety of social causes.

While Gyata’s work impacts wide-reaching areas and clientele, he maintains a keen awareness of how to manage relationships at the ground level. His work within the community and on the sidewalks of Chicago’s neighborhoods has emboldened his belief that meaningful change begins with first-hand interaction with the individuals of the city.

His legislative knowledge and his communications expertise have given him the skills necessary to convert this understanding of Chicago’s people into to real and substantive civic change. For clients looking to make a positive impact on the city, Gyata knows precisely how to get the job done.

Gyata is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He now resides in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood with his wife, Dr. Leslie Baker Kimmons, a professor at Chicago State University, and their two daughters, Layla and Morgan.


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