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Vincent P. Lyles was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2017.
He is the system vice president of community relations at Advocate Aurora Health Care.
He served as 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, from 2011 to 2018. Lyles led 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 continued to serve more children each year, totaling more than 43,000 kids in 2017. The clubs have 51 sites located across Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, 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 $150 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. Lyles also serves as an Independent Director for BMO Funds. 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 as a Leadership Council member at Milwaukee Succeeds. Lyles also serves on the board for Badger Mutual Insurance, and Aurora Health Care Community Board. 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.
Lyles was recognized in 2018 with the Badger of the Year Award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and in 2016 by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame honoree. In 2015 he was honored with the Children’s Service Award from St. Francis Children’s Center. Also in 2015, Madison365 named him 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. He 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.