Kyle Gorden


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, Consultant, 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. Prior to assuming his current role he served for two years as chief of staff to CEO John Glier, coordinating all communications from the executive office and serving clients ranging from the Obama Foundation to the University of Cambridge.  Prior to joining GG+A, 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 as well as the Lincoln Park Zoo. Kyle 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.


  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Barack Obama Foundation
  • Brown University
  • Children's Hospital Association
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Imperial College London
  • James B. Moran Center
  • Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • King’s College London
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The Newberry Library
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Solar Impulse
  • The University of North Carolina
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Yale University

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