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Kellye A. Keyes, Esq.

Acting Chair / Executive Director

Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion


Accomplished, executive-level leader with a diverse professional background that includes public service, entrepreneurialism, and 10 years of private sector legal experience, including a Partner role. Process-driven problem solver, highly skilled at leveraging legal expertise and negotiation skills to effect transformational change that embraces transparency, community impact and accountability. Litigator at heart with record of success applying the rule of law to find pioneering solutions that exceed organizational objectives. Thought partner who works well with executive management to move agendas forward. Licensures and certifications: State Bar of Illinois; and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Executive Education Project Management Certificate. Treasurer, Nehemiah Trinity Rising Board. Advanced expertise with: Compliant Procurement, DEI Strategies, Restorative Justice.