Priscilla R. Tyson Bio

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, council member 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. In an effort to improve the overall health of Columbus residents, Councilmember Tyson successfully passed legislation to raise the legal age for selling tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Tyson is also a champion for the arts community. In addition to being the longest-tenured member of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Councilmember Tyson’s many endeavors in the field of arts include establishing the first funding for the Columbus Arts Commission and securing funding to save the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.