Vincent P. Lyles is the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the largest youth-serving organization in the city and arguably the largest Boys & Girls Clubs chapter in the nation. Lyles leads the clubs with more than 750 employees and over 2,000 volunteers, with the sole mission of creating brighter futures for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable children.
Under Lyles’ leadership, the clubs continue to serve more children each year, totaling more than 43,000 kids in 2014. The clubs have 43 sites located across greater Milwaukee, providing safety and accessibility to members. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee also owns a 300-acre camp near Hartland, Wis., where more than 5,000 members stay each year, and more than 6,500 Waukesha County children attend through their schools and through day camp in the summer.
Prior to joining Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Lyles served as president of M&I Community Development Corp. where he grew CDC’s investment portfolio from $53 million to $130 million. Before CDC, Lyles was a director with Robert W. Baird & Co. and provided financial advice to Wisconsin municipalities, school districts and special taxing units. Prior to working in the financial realm, Lyles worked for the City of Milwaukee under Mayor John Norquist as an election commissioner, and before entering the mayor’s office he was the executive director of the city of Milwaukee’s Emerging Enterprise Program. Lyles began his professional career in Milwaukee as an assistant district attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.
Lyles continues to serve his community outside of Boys & Girls Clubs as an active board member at Milwaukee Succeeds. Lyles also serves on the boards for Badger Mutual Insurance, and Delta Dental of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Task Force, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Campaign Cabinet.
Vincent was recognized in 2016 by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame honoree. In 2015 Lyles was honored with the Children’s Service Award from St. Francis Children’s Center. Also in 2015, Madison365 named Lyles as one of the most influential African Americans in the state of Wisconsin. In 2015, Lyles was honored by Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver with the “Driven to Achieve” award in recognition for his leadership and service to the Milwaukee community. Lyles also received the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Alumnus of the Year Award in 2011 as well as the Milwaukee Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
A product of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Madison High School, Lyles is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School. Lyles is also a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow. He is married and has two children.