Tyler leads the Park Institute of America where he works with park managers, conservation researchers, and local communities to show why parks matter. He is most passionate about creating equitable opportunities for outdoor recreation. He holds graduate degrees in economics and business administration as well as his MEM from the Nicholas School where his research explored the application of equity frameworks on green infrastructure projects located in gentrifying communities.
Tyler worked in the private sector for almost a decade equipping and training explosive hazard remediation teams. Prior to his civilian career, Tyler served as a U.S. Army officer in various leadership and teaching positions. He was decorated for both meritorious and valorous actions in combat and Tyler now works to highlight the role of outdoor recreation in treating combat-related PTSD. He enjoys designing new playgrounds for his three children to trial and constructing outdoor classrooms for local public schools.