Tyler now serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente. As a long time social entrepreneur, Tyler's mission is improving the health of people and the sustained vitality of built, natural, food, and social environments. His work has historically focused in three areas:
- Advising mission-lead institutions in delivering with excellence, and coaching the persons that guide them in authentic leadership.
- Designing, sustaining, and measuring the impact of community collaborations that revitalize participatory democracy and effectively address complex population health, place-making and sustainability issues.
- Advancing public and private sector policies that simultaneously generate "total wealth" (natural, economic, social and human capital.) He has a current focus on healthy food systems, active community environments and health equity.
As a volunteer, Tyler's latest social venture is Founding Chairman of the Board of IP3 - Institute for People, Place and Possibility, which among many projects, powers The Community Commons and www.CHNA.org
With mayor of Tainan, Taiwan
Among his roles over the years: Tyler was founding President and CEO of Community Initiatives Inc.; founding co-Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's National Leadership Alliance; founding Director of the national "Convergence Partnership" (a consortium of philanthropies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on healthy eating, active living and sustainable agriculture), NAC Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living by Design initiative; Fellow of Estes Park institute, and Head Coach of the YMCA's award-winning Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative. More recently, Tyler served as Founding Convener of Advancing the Movement, and Founding Chair of IP3. Over the years, he has been a consultant to scores of state, regional, and local "healthy community" partnerships and “co-benefit convergences” across the nation.
Among other ventures:
- In 2001, Community Initiatives incubated a healthcare technology start-up called Workforce Engage™ dedicated to driving clinical quality, patient safety and enhanced employee experience. CI grew, and then sold this venture to a national healthcare informatics firm in 2004.
- In 2007-2008, Tyler served as the first Executive Director of the Abraham Path Initiative, an international NGO founded at Harvard University creating a walking route of cross-cultural interaction and sustainable economic development in the Middle East.
- In 2012, Tyler and IP3 partners began convening key organizations and leaders to create a low-cost, high-quality, data utility -- serving the health and equitable prosperity of the nation via while informing meaningful discourse on topics of great significance to our democracy.
Tyler along Afghan-Tajik border on 1993 Pamir National Park project.
Before the fall of the Soviet Union, Tyler founded the Kuhiston Foundation, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Central Asia). Kuhiston was formed to help start Tajikistan's nation's national park system, retain its scientific and educational leadership, and grow its micro-credit finance institutions. Later it helped draft portions of the new Tajik constitution relating to international NGO's and became a leading force for healthy ecosystems in Central Asia. In early the 1990's he lead consulting services for the National Civic League, and served as founding Director of the U.S. Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities -- a network of over 1,500 community partnerships and organizations.
Tyler is author of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Authentic Leadership and the 3rd American Century (2011, Naropa University). Tyler and with colleagues co-authored The Sustainability Framework, (2009 Kaiser Permanente), Healthy People and Healthy Places a 2006 report to leading philanthropies related to healthy public policy; Pioneering Healthier Communities, (YMCA of the USA 2006); Communities that Learn (Community Initiatives, 2004), Trendbenders (American Hospital Association, 2002), Facilitating Community Change (Grove International, 2000) and the Community Indicators Handbook (Redefining Progress, 1997).