Chicago-based Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified Development Company (CDC) SomerCor has hired Kimberly Brisky as managing director of communications and engagement. Brisky is a public affairs professional with extensive experience in strategic communications, media relations and external affairs. She joins SomerCor to further elevate the organization’s standing as a leading SBA lender and economic development resource.
“We are glad to welcome Kim to the team. Her proven ability to bring awareness to small business issues and success in coalition building are critical to enhancing our visibility and service in the region,” said Manny Flores, president and CEO of SomerCor. “The positive SomerCor track record speaks for itself. However, the addition of a senior communications professional will allow us to better engage the small business ecosystem, forge stronger partnerships with key stakeholders and strengthen our brand in the SBA marketplace.”
Most recently, Brisky was the director of communications at the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC). During her tenure, the organization successfully ushered five bills into law on the state level and passed multiple Chicago code reforms. She created and led a comprehensive media and community engagement strategy that helped grow the SBAC’s visibility and impact, quickly transforming the organization into one of Illinois’ leading small business advocacy groups.
Prior to joining the SBAC, Brisky spent a decade working on Capitol Hill, where she served as a congressional aide to former Senator Mark Kirk and later as deputy chief of staff to former Congressman Bob Dold. Brisky worked on a broad range of policy matters pertaining to small businesses and led Congressman Dold’s public engagement and communications strategy. Additionally, she held various leadership roles in several high-profile congressional campaigns. During her time in D.C., Brisky earned a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
“Advocating for greater access to capital for small businesses has been a common thread throughout my career, so I am very excited to join the team,” said Brisky. “SomerCor is undergoing a strategic growth plan that calls for enhanced engagement and communication with small businesses, lending partners and other critical constituencies, to make sure SomerCor is known as a trusted resource for small business lending and local economic development. I look forward to playing a leading role in this effort.”