State Universities Civil Service System

Merit Board
Member Profile


Mr. Kareem Dale



University of Illinois
Appointed: 2/11/2021

Professional Experience 
  • Director and senior counsel, Discover Financial Services
  • Special assistant to the president for disability policy and associate director of the Office of Public Engagement, Obama White House
  • National disability director, Obama-Biden Transition and Obama for America
  • Managing partner and founder, Dale Law Group
  • Litigation attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP
Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service
  • Member, executive committee of board of directors, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Past member, Chicago Mayor's Steering Committee, Americans with Disabilities Act 25th anniversary
  • Past member, board of directors, Access Living in Chicago
  • Past president, board of directors, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago
  • Past member, executive committee, Association of Corporate Counsel Financial Services Network
Awards and Honors
  • Leadership Greater Chicago fellow (2017)
  • Probono Commitment to Legal Service Award
  • Who's Who, Black in Chicago (2006)
  • 30 Leaders of the Future Under 30, Ebony (2001)
Education
  • JD/MBA (cum laude), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999)
  • BS, Advertising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995)