Kyle Gorden

Vice President

Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends. – Warren Buffett


Kyle Gorden, Vice President, brings to GG+A more than 25 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit arts management. Much of his work at GG+A has focused on the strategic use of data in development planning, including philanthropic analytics, benchmarking, and growth modeling. Other areas of expertise include strategic planning, advancement communications, and volunteer management. His GG+A clients have included higher education, healthcare, cultural institutions across the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as some of the most prominent universities in Mexico, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his current role, he served for two years as chief of staff to the firm’s CEO, John Glier, coordinating all communications from the executive office and serving clients ranging from the Obama Foundation to the University of Cambridge.

Before joining GG+A, Kyle served as Director of Campaign and Internal Communications for Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Chicago. 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 also served in a variety of creative and administrative roles within 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 in Chicago. Earlier in his career he worked at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Theater on the Lake, and Lincoln Park Zoo. He also 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.


  • AMITA Health
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Barack Obama Foundation
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Brown University
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Children's Hospital Association
  • Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research
  • City of Hope
  • Colgate University
  • Concordia University
  • Cornell University
  • Curative Care Network
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Ebenezer Society Foundation
  • Emory University
  • Englewood Health Foundation
  • Eureka College
  • Fairview Foundation
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Hoag Hospital
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
  • Imperial College London
  • James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • King’s College London
  • The Lovett School
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • The Newberry Library
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Reading Hospital Foundation
  • Rutgers Athletics
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • St. Christopher’s School
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Solar Impulse
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Temple University College of Public Health
  • Trinity College at the University of Toronto
  • Trust for Public Land
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawai’i
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical System
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Minnesota Foundation
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • WNET
  • Yale Cancer Center
  • Yale University
Areas of Expertise
  • Benchmarking
  • Campaign Structure and Planning
  • Philanthropic Analytics
  • Strategic Planning

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