Developing relationships with government leaders to engage them as partners in your success.


Collaborating with community leaders to manage complex issues and foster good neighbor relationships.


Mobilizing coalitions to promote your priorities, build partnerships and educate decision makers.


Connecting you with the key audiences and advancing your case for support.


Strategic counsel for top leaders to help you accomplish your biggest goals.


Growing your enterprise through expertise in land use, zoning and government financial incentives.


Effectively delivering your message to the stakeholders who drive your success.


Advancing your reputation through civic leadership and public engagement.


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.


  • Chigago First Lady Cruises


    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 Center 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.

  • Children Hospital of Chicago


    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.


    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.


...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.

Katherine O’Sullivan
...has a relentless focus on fundraising and your bottom line.

Katherine O’Sullivan

Fundraising Director

Katherine O’Sullivan directs Haymarket fundraising operations as well as firm operations and client accounts.  She supports the strategic direction of the company. She is known for her fundraising prowess, relationship building, efficiency and ability to effectively improve bottom lines. She serves as special assistant to the CEO and is involved in all facets of the company’s activities.

Nick Polutnik
...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.

Trina Janes
...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.

Julie Derrig
...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.

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