With more than 15 years honing an unrivaled expertise for community advocacy, public affairs and government relations for all things City-of-Chicago, clients large and small from Illinois and across the country turn to Gyata Kimmons to get things done.
Embedded in the core of Chicago’s famously multifarious political strata, he has a track record of zealous advocacy and winning public affairs strategies for clients in industries as diverse as ridesharing, land-use, airport development and healthcare.
A skilled, multi-faceted communicator, Gyata has proven to be an effective 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, and Gyata has worked with advocacy groups, community-based organizations and religious institutions to amass coalitions on behalf of a variety of social causes.
Whether it’s advocating for community programming groups, helping to develop local market business and outreach plans for Fortune 500 companies, or executing municipal and zoning code review to benefit clients, he has an impressive track record.
Gyata began his career in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, going on to become the Director of Community Relations for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid, where he deftly navigated the City’s diverse neighborhoods to mobilize widespread support for the campaign from Chicago’s business and civic leaders. Gyata has also worked as contract negotiator in the City of Chicago’s Department of Procurement Services and as an 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’s government lobbying agendas at the federal, state and local levels.
Prior to joining the Serafin team, Gyata served as the Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he helped mastermind the company’s market entry strategy into Chicago, the first urban area in America to welcome the world’s largest retailer.
Gyata earned a law degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hampton University. Just as he does in the office, you’ll often find Gyata splitting the defense at his local hockey rink.