Myles has built his career on aligning public and private interests for the greater good -allowing for market-based solutions. He is uniquely skilled at developing bi-partisan coalitions on controversial and complex issues of the day including education, workforce development, healthcare, and social services. For the past 20 years, he has worked with policy makers, CEOs and philanthropists to establish multiple organizations and initiatives from the ground up.
Myles comes to Resolute after serving as President of Empower Illinois, a 501c3 organization that advocates for policy that leads to a high-quality, student-centered education system for children from low-income and working-class families. In the seven years he served as the organization’s leader, they passed a tax credit for teachers’ out-of pocket-expenses, and for annual donations to K-12 scholarship granting organizations supporting low-income children. He executed a strategy that led to passing Illinois state legislation that improves the identification of low-income gifted children and the “Acceleration Act,” allowing kids to advance at their level of competency. Since 2018, he and his team were able to raise over $100M for low-income, Illinois children to attend independent K-12 schools.
While at Resolute, Myles continues to serve in a leadership role at One Chance Illinois ACTION (OCI – A), a 501c4 social welfare organization with a vision that all children receive a high quality, personalized education and leave K-12 ready for college, career and/or a productive life. The organization serves the entire state of Illinois and works with a Political Action Committee, One Chance Illinois PAC to achieve its advocacy goals.
Prior to Empower Illinois, Myles worked with an Aspen-based philanthropist for whom he created edXchange, an education shared space which fosters strategic collaboration, ideation and joint ventures among the five foremost education policy organizations in Colorado.
He served as a Senior Partner for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) where he helped to expand their offices to a dozen state chapters throughout the country. Previous, Myles worked with Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Michael Bennet where he served as Development Director for the Denver Scholarship Foundation, raising $62M in college scholarships for low-income students in Denver Public Schools and valuable guidance to graduate from any college in the state of Colorado. He began his career working at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as a social worker and psychiatric milieu therapist.