Priscilla R. Tyson (D-OH-3)
Priscilla R. Tyson
Priscilla R. Tyson Congressional Candidate Ohio District 3
Biography of Priscilla R. Tyson from PRISCILLA TYSON FOR CONGRESS
Columbus City Council member Priscilla Tyson was born and raised in the 3rd Congressional District, and has always believed in living a life of service.
Elected to Columbus City Council in 2007, she has developed an enduring passion for safe neighborhoods, sound economic development practices, and quality recreational opportunities for youth, adults, and seniors. Her role as chair of the Finance Committee has positioned her to champion, support, and lead on many of these issues.
Tyson is a leader on these and other important issues at the national level. She was elected to the board of directors of the Ohio Municipal League, where she will join a bipartisan coalition of municipal elected officials who advocate for the residents of Ohio’s cities and villages before the state legislature and the executive branch. She also serves on the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Steering Committee (as vice chair, beginning in 2012) and on the board of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. In these roles, she has been a vocal and effective advocate for Columbus and Central Ohio at the federal level.
Professionally, Tyson has served as Vice President of Community Relations at Ohio Health and Vice President of Community Development at National City Bank. She has served on the boards of Phoenix Theatre Circle, the National Black Programming Consortium, Opera Columbus, and the Community Shelter Board, as well as on the Hospice Board of Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospital.
She has been dedicated to public service and giving back to her community throughout her entire career. She was Executive Director Emeritus for City Year Columbus, which she founded in 1994. City Year empowers young people while teaching them about leadership and civic engagement.
Concurrently, from 1993 until 2006, she served as a member of the Columbus Civil Service Commission, where she helped ensure that potential city employees were sufficiently qualified for employment.
Councilmember Tyson is also an enthusiastic leader in the arts. Prior to joining Council, she played a vital role as a member of its Creative Arts Steering Committee, and contributed to the creation of the report, “The Creative Economy: Leveraging the Arts, Culture and Creative Community for a Stronger Columbus.”
Today her commitment to the creative community and culture continues as a member of the board of the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), and as president of Star Arts Gallery Limited. Priscilla Tyson has been honored with the prestigious YWCA Women of Achievement Award and the Urban League s Equal Opportunity Award of Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree from Franklin University. In addition to her activities with Columbus City Council and Star Arts, Councilmember Tyson is the proud mother of five children.