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About Councilmember Tyson

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A dedicated leader and lifelong resident of Columbus, Priscilla R. Tyson joined Columbus City Council in January of 2007. On City Council, she has worked for job creation, economic development, safety, and a high quality of life for the residents of Columbus. In her previous role as chair of the Finance Committee, Councilmember Tyson led the effort to pass the city’s largest ever General Fund and Capital Improvements Budgets. As chair of the Health and Human Services and Workforce Development committees, her work addresses many of our community’s highest priorities, including access to healthcare and job training.

Councilmember Tyson’s proudest achievements include investing in programs designed to create pathways out of poverty; increasing access to food and employment opportunities; sponsoring homelessness prevention programs; funding $1.7 million in home repairs in the Driving Park neighborhood through the James Johnson Driving Park Home Repair Program; creating the first city funding for community gardening and the Columbus Arts Commission; increasing funding to recruit more small and minority businesses for nuisance abatement contracts; and updating the Columbus Civil Rights Code to protect people on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, familial status, and military status. In 2016 Councilmember Tyson partnered with Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady to pass one of the first joint City-County Food Plans in the nation aimed at reducing food insecurity. Councilmember Tyson in an effort to improve the overall health of Columbus residents - successfully passed T21 legislation which raised the legal age of selling tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Councilmember Tyson is an advocate for our community at the federal and state levels. She is a National League of Cities’ (NLC) Board member, a member of the Finance Committee for the NLC, the Immediate Past President of the NLC’s National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and a member of the Board for the Ohio Municipal League. In these roles, Councilmember Tyson and her colleagues champion the interests of cities and towns before elected and administrative officials.

After a distinguished career in banking and healthcare, Councilmember Tyson founded City Year Columbus and led the organization for thirteen years as it provided thousands of hours of volunteer service to students and teachers in our public schools.

Councilmember Tyson serves on the board of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She also serves on the City Council’s Small Business Roundtable. Previously, she served on the advisory committee of Partners Achieving Community Transformation. She has also served as the Services to Youth chair of The Links, Inc. and as a member of the Columbus Education Commission. Councilmember Tyson has been honored with the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, the Ohio Hispanic Coalition’s Padrino Award, the Columbus Education Association’s Martin Luther King Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Amethyst 2013 Purple Heart Award, the 2014 Making a Difference Community Service Award, and the Progressive Leadership Academy Outstanding Public Service Award, the 2016 Aspire Award recipient from the Godman Guild, the a Sickle Cell Service Award from the Faith Thomas Foundation, recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Berean Leadership Award as well as numerous other recognitions.

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.

Operating Budget Priorities: Under Tyson’s guidance, as Chair of the Finance Committee, the city saved money, reformed city government, become more efficient – while keeping its promises from 2009 and maintaining a AAA Bond rating – which is one of the best ratings held by any major city in the United States. Councilmember Tyson also led passage of the $872,713,000.00 Operating Budget for 2017 – which was the largest budget proposed at that time. Commission on Black Girls: One of Tyson’s proudest achievements include the establishment of a 25 member Commission on Black Girls which was established in July of 2018. The Commission was established to study and assess the quality of life of Black girls in Central Ohio. The Commission is developing and implementing recommendations to ensure opportunities, successful futures, and the achievement of a high quality of life for Black girls in Columbus. It is focused on girls ages 11-22 the Commission will first participate in fact-finding and education to learn more about the current quality of life for Black girls in Columbus.