Tyler was born and raised in Guilford County. After graduating from Eastern Guilford High School, Tyler enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T). It was during college that he became interested in public service. He volunteered with George K. Simpson's Political Action Committee, NC House Representative Alma Adams's campaign, and the NC A&T NAACP Chapter. Tyler was also a founding member of the City Greensboro College Commission Board. He represented NC A&T. He worked to organize a march with NC A&T, Bennett College, and UNC-G students to speak out against HB 589. The march included taking the protest to the North Carolina General Assembly chambers in Raleigh. Tyler was peacefully arrested after engaging in civil disobedience with the Moral Monday Movement.
After Tyler graduated from NC A&T with a degree in Political Science, he worked as the NC NAACP Youth & College Field Secretary and then as the Communications and Policy Director.
Tyler's commitment to public service took him into the classroom. He was a Special Education teacher at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, NC. He was a member of the school's Improvement Team and Equity Team. Tyler also volunteered as a faculty advisor to the Student Council and Barbershop Talk at Enloe. Tyler is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration Program at North Carolina Central University.
If elected to serve on the Wake County Board of Education, Tyler will bring his experience in public service, a fresh voice, and a new perspective. Tyler's motto in life is "Service to others is the rent we pay to live on Earth."
Hon. Wiley Nickel, NC Senator
“Tyler is dedicated to making sure we provide a high-quality public education for all Wake County students.”
Hon. Gale Adcock, NC House of Representatives
I'm excited to endorse Tyler Swanson for Wake County School Board, District 9. I'm impressed with his energy, thoughtfulness about issues, and commitment to student success. He brings great value to the Board as a former classroom teacher. I'm positive Tyler will serve Wake County students and families with distinction."
Hon. Sig Hutchinson, Chairman of the Wake County Commissioner
Hon. Maria Cervina, Wake County Commissioner
Hon. Lori Bush, Cary Town At-Large Representative
Hon. Dr. Ya Liu, Cary Town Councilwoman,
Hon. Carissa Johnson, Cary Town At-Large Representative
Hon. Bill Fletcher, former Wake County Board of Education District 9 Representative
Rev. A. Kim Reeves, Retired Educator (Tyler’s 6th Grade English Teacher)