The Public Strategies Partner for Chicagoland Leaders

We connect our clients to the stakeholders they need to achieve their goals. We are distinguished by our unique insight into civic dynamics and our creative ability to transform challenges into opportunities. We collaborate with leaders to advance their long-term objectives and promote shared success.


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    Introducing the World to Chicago

    It is another beautiful day on the lakefront where the elegant yachts of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises glide effortlessly, internationally-recognized symbols of the best way to see the most iconic sites of the Windy City.  Operated by third-generation owners Bob and Holly Agra, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and its sister company, Mercury Sightseeing Boats, have hosted millions of tourists, Fortune 500 corporations and global dignitaries during the companies’ eight decade history.  With help from Haymarket, the cruise companies’ partnerships with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the City are stronger than ever.  Now, the city’s most prominent maritime ambassadors are working with City and Federal leaders to break new records in tourism and promote Chicago as a global destination for culture, commerce and economic opportunity.

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    An Amazing Place Where Kids Come First

    The new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – and the child’s hand which indicates its presence – is a ‘beacon of hope’ for families in their time of greatest need. From the hospital’s campus expansion efforts in Lincoln Park to its historic relocation to downtown Chicago, Haymarket has helped Lurie Children’s navigate complex community impact issues so that it can grow to achieve its mission. As the organization continues to expand its care network, Haymarket will be by its side to help foster relationships that exemplify Lurie Children’s values and promote its unique focus on children’s well-being.

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    Historically Inspired Row Homes Coming to Downtown Chicago

    When Tawani Enterprises decided to build its first new-construction development in downtown Chicago, the company called on Haymarket to guide the introduction of the project to City Hall and the community. Enthusiastically embraced by community leaders and aspiring tenants alike, eight historically inspired row homes will soon transform a long-vacant lot into beautiful residences. The project will continue to advance Tawani’s goal of preserving the past while creating timeless homes and buildings that are relevant for today and well into the future.

  • Redefining the Blue H

    Sandra Bruce, President and CEO of Presence Health, took the stage in front of a sell-out City Club of Chicago crowd. Her visual aids – a pair of running shoes, a coronary stent and a smartphone – powerfully underscored the community engagement efforts that are transforming the system’s eleven state-wide hospitals into thriving centers of community health. A partner throughout the organization’s evolution from Chicago’s leading Catholic hospital system to the second largest health system in the state, Haymarket is proud to be part of Presence Health’s leadership in introducing a new paradigm for community healthcare in Illinois.

  • Creating Economic Opportunity for Chicagoland’s Diverse Communities

    Resurrection University College of Nursing and College of Allied Health was outgrowing its suburban facility. Faced with a nationwide nursing shortage and the need to expand access to job training for underrepresented communities, the University began to explore options for relocating its facilities. With the help of Haymarket, the University forged a $4.7 million financing partnership with the City of Chicago allowing it to establish a new campus in the Humboldt Park Commercial TIF District. Millions of dollars in additional federal funds made further investment possible in the heart of Chicago’s Hispanic community. Today, the University has more than doubled its enrollment. Its students boast the highest certification pass rates in the state and the University itself serves as a thriving engine of economic opportunity for Chicagoland’s diverse communities.

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...navigates you through your most complex challenges.

Thomas P. Coffey
Chairman and CEO

Tom Coffey has spent his career helping Chicagoland’s most influential leaders achieve the highest levels of success.  For more than two decades, elected officials, top performing executives and civic leaders have relied on Coffey’s counsel to expand their enterprises and navigate complex public challenges. A veteran officer of the United States Marine Corps, Coffey honed his skills as a partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and then as leading strategist to the campaign culminating in the historic election of Chicago’s first African-American Mayor.  He went on to represent the Mayor and the City of Chicago in local government, the Illinois Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Since founding Haymarket, he has become one of Chicago’s most respected public strategists, known for his intellect, keen insight and ability to earn the trust of diverse stakeholders.  He is recognized as a leading expert in government financing and urban development and is known for his exceptional community organizing and problem solving skills.  Coffey’s unique capacity to connect with key audiences, tackle tough issues and build consensus drives his clients’ objectives while creating lasting opportunities for shared success.

...gets things done with a relentless focus on your bottom line.

Katherine O’Sullivan
Executive Assistant to Thomas P. Coffey

Katherine O’Sullivan manages business operations, client accounts and contributes to the strategic direction of the company. She is known for her efficiency, fundraising prowess and ability to effectively move bottom lines. She serves as special assistant to the CEO and is involved in all facets of the company’s activities.

...sees opportunities and helps you capitalize on them.

Gillett Salinas
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Gillett Salinas is a big picture thinker who helps clients elevate their public positioning and communicate effectively with key stakeholders. She has been instrumental in creating community engagement plans for major institutions and has led the development of messaging and strategy for high profile outreach initiatives, marketing endeavors and advocacy efforts. Clients count on Salinas for her ability to identify opportunities for growth and deliver results that advance their long-term success.

…organizes support to advance your priorities.

Nick Polutnik
Project Coordinator

Nick Polutnik helps create and execute strategic plans that achieve clients’ goals. His knowledge of key Chicagoland players and their interests generates opportunities for valuable inter-connections between business, government and civic organizations. His meticulous attention to detail and strong work ethic make him a valuable asset to client teams and Haymarket’s internal operations.

...knows how to hit home runs for clients.

Trina Janes
Vice President, Client Services

Trina Janes works closely with senior executives and government leaders utilizing her experience in business, finance, non-profit management and public service. Executives rely on Janes for her proven ability to manage complex planning initiatives and develop the communications and advocacy strategies necessary to help them achieve their goals. Prior to joining Haymarket, Janes worked at Rotary International overseeing multi-million dollar efforts to expand the organization’s world-wide programs while getting an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, she remains active in international issues and draws from her perspective as past president of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association and Illinois Society for International Development in her current role as an appointed member of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues.

...understands government and communities.

Julie Derrig
Vice President, Public Affairs

Julie Derrig enables clients to work effectively with government and manage complex issues impacting local communities. A skilled political strategist, Derrig has been involved in numerous campaigns and has raised millions of dollars for candidates ranging from local officials to presidential contenders. She has also had leading roles in high profile public benefit and economic development projects throughout the Chicago area. Clients count on her understanding of policy and civic dynamics to help them negotiate public processes and build strong relationships with government and community leaders.
Julie also received a Master’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University.

…gives you a strong voice in the public arena.

Brittany Bains
Project Coordinator

Brittany Bains collaborates with clients to ensure that the right message reaches the right people. Brittany combines excellent inter-personal and project management skills with training in innovative practices in the fields of journalism, digital storytelling and public relations. Whether through personal engagement or multimedia outreach, clients turn to Brittany to give them a strong voice that aligns their communications with their most important goals.

…connects you with Haymarket leaders.

Patricia Picazo
Administrative Assistant

Patricia provides administrative support to the Haymarket team in addition to assisting with the management of client accounts. Fully bilingual, she contributes translation services that allow Haymarket to deliver effective communications in both English and Spanish. Her friendly demeanor and ability to organize guarantee excellent client service.


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