Clarence Gayles

Clarence Gayles
Clarence brings 10+ years of campaign, advocacy and organizing experience to Thomas Group Consulting. Clarence has directed field programs for numerous candidates and campaigns at the local, statewide and national levels including the 2015 Proposition 1 road tax proposal, several state legislator races, Barack Obama for President, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign and advocacy organizations such as Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. He effectively utilizes the most current technology and best practices to run targeted, layered large scale field campaigns.

Clarence previously served as Community Engagement and Governmental Affairs Specialist for The Children’s Center of Wayne County, where he implemented a strategic advocacy program to engage staff, clients, community leaders and policy makers around issues related to children’s mental health services, funding for early childhood education, and increased rates for foster care providers. He was successful in building relationships with over 120 Wayne County schools and building an ongoing
relationship with the Governor’s Office and the support of Lieutenant Brian Calley for a package of bills related to Autism services.

As the long time District Director to Buzz Thomas during his tenure in the Senate, Clarence brings political acumen to the field side of campaigns and as a former candidate for State Representative; he brings a unique on the ground perspective to campaign management.