Kyle Gorden, Chief of Staff, coordinates all client activities and communications from the office of the Chief Executive Officer.
Kyle brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit arts management with expertise in strategic planning, advancement communications, constituency development, and volunteer management. Most recently, he was a Senior Communications Consultant with RK March, where he advised on fundraising communications strategy and the development of case-for-support language for major universities.
He previously served as Director of Campaign and Internal Communications for the University of Chicago Alumni Relations and Development. In that role, he launched the first internal communications program for the organization and led numerous communication initiatives in the development of the University’s $4.5 billion campaign. Earlier, as Assistant Director of Class and Campus Programs, he helped program and market the University’s annual Alumni Weekend and class reunion events.
Kyle has served in a variety of creative and administrative roles with Arts, Culture, and Civic organizations, including as Director of Advancement, Dramaturg, and Playwright for Silk Road Theatre Project, which presented staged readings of his adaptations of three classic Japanese Noh plays. He was also Producing Director of The Civilians, an Obie-winning Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York City, and Associate Director of Marketing for Court Theatre. Earlier in his career he worked at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Theater on the Lake, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, and founded the multidisciplinary Hyde Park - University of Chicago Arts Fest.
In 2004-2005, Kyle was a Vilar Fellow in Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in East Asian languages and civilizations, and spent a year abroad at the Stanford Japan Center, where he received an independent study grant from the Japan Foundation.