After earning his undergraduate degree in politics from Willamette in 2006, Tyler continued his work with Oregon State Senator Dr. Alan Bates, serving nearly eight years as medical clinic manager, personal assistant and, ultimately, as chief of staff in the Senator's legislative office. Tyler returned to Willamette in 2007 as a member of the Office of Annual Giving. Tyler served in multiple positions, finally as the director of annual giving, helping to achieve record years in dollars raised while leading the team.
In January 2013, Tyler joined Occidental College in Los Angeles as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement. There he served as leader of the Oxy Annual Fund, Alumni and Parent Engagement, Engagement Communications and Donor Relations programs. Tyler’s efforts helped Occidental achieve record growth in raising unrestricted support for the Annual Fund, increasing dollars raised by 60 percent in three years. An expansion in Alumni and Parent Engagement saw record numbers of participants in engagement activities, including reunion and homecoming weekends, regional and virtual activities. Across all three programs, alumni and parent volunteer activity grew three-fold. During his time at Occidental, Tyler was promoted to Associate Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement.
In July 2016, Tyler returned home to Willamette. In his current role as Associate Vice President for University Relations, Tyler oversees the Willamette Annual Fund, Alumni and Parent Engagement, Engagement Communications and Donor Relations & Stewardship teams.
When away from work, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie (Bechtel) '06 MBA'12 and their two daughters.