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New Chief of Staff in the Chancellor’s Office


Kimiko Black Gilmore will begin her new role as Chief of Staff in the Chancellor’s Office, beginning Oct. 15.

Gilmore is a proud Roo, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology here in 1989. She is a current member of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, the UMKC Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center and the UMKC Alumni Governing Board. In addition to her strong ties to our university, Gilmore has deep connections to our city. She comes to us from the City of Kansas City, where she has worked as Assistant City Manager since 2012. She has extensive experience in successfully leading strategic initiatives and special projects, which will be the core functions of her role at UMKC.

Gilmore led a multitude of special projects for the city in legislative affairs, food policy and community development. One highlight was administering a $4 million contract for the Green Impact Zone, U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s signature project: a place-based investment model within the urban core. Notably, Gilmore served as Kansas City’s staff lead for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and events, which created $58.8 million in economic impact.

Gilmore’s committee appointments included the Equal Employment Opportunity Review Committee, Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, Mayor’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative and Homelessness Task Force Operations Committee, to name a few. She also served as deputy regional director for the office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill from 2006 to 2009. In addition to her UMKC degree, she has a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University and a Certificate of Completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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