Priscilla R. Tyson
(Chair: Finance; Health & Human Services; Workforce Development; and Ad Hoc Assignments Committees)
Committee Member of: Veterans' Affairs; Development; Recreation & Parks; and Small & Minority Business Development Committees.
A dedicated leader and lifelong resident of Columbus,
Priscilla R. Tyson joined Columbus City Council in January of 2007. As a member
of City Council, she has worked for job creation, economic development, safety,
and a high quality of life in our city.
Councilmember Tyson has chaired several Council committees
since she began her service. In her current role as chair of the Finance
Committee, she leads the effort to pass the city’s General Fund and Capital
Improvements Budgets. As chair of Health and Human Services and Workforce
Development, her work addresses many of our community’s most urgent priorities,
including access to quality healthcare and job training.
Councilmember Tyson’s proudest achievements include securing
partnerships to reopen city recreation centers that were closed as a result of
budget cuts; upgrading our recreation centers’ HVAC systems so that they would
be air conditioned in the summer; creating the Landscape Enhancement and
Beautification of Public Spaces grants; funding the Columbus Art Commission for
the first time since its creation; funding
new dog parks; increasing funding for code enforcement to recruit more small
and minority businesses for nuisance abatement contracts; and updating the
Columbus Civil Rights Code to include protections for people on the basis of
age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, familial status, and military
Councilmember Tyson is an advocate for our community at the
federal and state levels. She is the vice chair of the National League of
Cities’ (NLC) Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, and vice
president of the NLC’s National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. In
these roles, Councilmember Tyson and her partners in municipal government
champion the interests of cities and towns before federal elected and
administrative officials. She performs a similar role at the state level as a
member of the board of the Ohio Municipal League.
Public service has been Councilmember Tyson’s passion
throughout her distinguished career in the public, private, and non-profit
sectors. As vice president of community development at National City Bank, and
then as vice president of community relations at Ohio Health, her charge was to
help those institutions expand their outreach and service to the community.
From there, Councilmember Tyson went on to found City Year Columbus, where she
spent thirteen years at the helm of an organization that provided thousands of
hours of volunteer service to students and teachers in our public schools. City
Year empowers young people while teaching them about leadership and civic
Councilmember Tyson serves on the board of the Greater
Columbus Arts Council, the advisory committee of Partners Achieving Community
Transformation, and as the Services to Youth chair of The Links, Inc. She is
currently serving as a member of the Columbus Education Commission. She has
served on numerous boards and committees, including the Community Shelter
Board, the Central Ohio YMCA, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s Government
Affairs Steering Committee. She is also a former president of the Columbus
Civil Service Commission.
Councilmember Tyson has been honored with the prestigious
YWCA Women of Achievement Award, the Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Award of
Excellence, the Ohio Hispanic Coalition’s Padrino Award, the Columbus Education
Association’s Martin Luther King Humanitarian of the Year Award, and numerous
Councilmember Tyson grew up
in the Shepard community in Northeast Columbus, graduated from the former
Eastmoor High School, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration from Franklin University. She and her husband reside in
Eastmoor and are the proud parents of five grown children.