By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 17, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee announced today that Vincent Lyles, current president of M&I Community Development Corp., has been named president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. His term starts on Jan. 2.

Lyles will replace Jim Clark, who in June was named the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The announcement follows an extensive four-month national search.

Clark will continue in his role in Milwaukee and work with Lyles until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition. 

Lyles has been on the forefront of revitalizing some of the poorest neighborhoods and areas most in need in Milwaukee and across the nation. In his current role as the president of M&I Community Development Corp. (CDC), Vincent Lyles grew M&I CDC’s investment portfolio from $53 million to approximately $130 million. Prior to joining M&I, Lyles was a director at Robert W. Baird & Co. where he provided financial advice to Wisconsin municipalities, school districts and special taxing units.

"Vincent has been an outstanding part of the M&I team in his capacity as president of the M&I Community Development Corporation. He’s taken a leadership position in helping to resolve many of the city’s issues such as poverty," said James Wigdale, chairman emeritus of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation.

"With this announcement, it’s a win-win for Vincent, the community and especially the Boys & Girls Clubs. He’s following major footsteps made by Jim Clark. I know Vincent will lead the Boys & Girls Clubs’ forward."

"It is an honor to have been selected to lead Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. I have tremendous respect for the longstanding commitment of the organization to the young people it serves," said Lyles.

"I have enjoyed what I have been able to do at M&I Community Development Corp., but I am looking forward to giving young people in this community the opportunity to achieve great futures." 

Lyles was born and raised in Milwaukee and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

"Vincent’s commitment to and his understanding of this community will be great assets to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee," said Jim Clark.

"With Vincent’s leadership, the organization will continue to remain vibrant and strong and on a course for continued impact and growth for the kids who need us most."