Dwain J. Kyles is an attorney and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to serving others and advocating for their civil rights. His commitment to public service began while at Georgetown University Law School, working for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Civil Rights Division as an intern, and also as an intern for Congressman Harold Ford, Sr. That experience,and others, helped shape Dwain’s world view and with a determination to advance the interests of the most vulnerable members of our community, Dwain went to work with the corporate Law Department of Johnson Products Company, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois after graduation.
Dwain’s varied public sector experience includes his appointment as Special Counsel for Minority Business Development by Mayor Harold Washington, the City of Chicago’s first African American mayor. In that role, he worked as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Dwain later established the first in-house law department at McCormick Place, then the nation’s largest tradeshow and exhibition center.
Most recently, Dwain has been focused on the transition of the Tabernacle Senior Citizen’s Project, an organization that has managed a 123-unit senior’s building for over forty years, to one that is designing a national model for creating living environments where vulnerable older adults can enjoy an affordable, secure and desirable quality of life.
Dwain’s involvement in other legal and entrepreneurial enterprises has included urban community development projects, hospitality, healthcare delivery and management companies and a logistics project in Northwest Indiana designed to bring tens of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to surrounding communities.
Dwain considers philanthropic endeavors one of his core values and has donated thousands of hours to meet the needs of underserved people through his law practice, as well as his healthcare, public service, secondary education, political and social services activities.