Tyler Norris is chief executive officer of the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, a new independent national foundation seed-endowed by Providence St. Joseph Health System to advance mental, social and spiritual wellbeing in the United States.
Tyler is active on numerous boards and councils, including as a Trustee of Naropa University, North America’s leading institution of contemplative education.
He completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Program (2014), earned a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Political Economy from The Colorado College (1982.)
Tyler is engaged in numerous voluntary projects in his adopted home of Oakland CA, across the US, and in the Middle East.
Building Healthy Communities for Impact at Scale
From 2012 to 2016, Tyler served as Vice President, Total Health at Kaiser Permanente, where he led the development of the organization’s "anchor institution" strategy — a deliberate effort to apply all of Kaiser Permanente’s philanthropic and operational assets for the complete physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing of its members, its workforce, and the communities it serves.
Previously, Tyler served for nearly two decades as founding President and CEO of Community Initiatives, a leading U.S. health consultancy. He was also founding Board Chair of IP3, a social enterprise that gave birth to the Community Commons, a platform that brings together data, tools, and stories to inspire change and improve communities.
In recent years, Tyler has served as board member and/or advisor to the Convergence Partnership, Active Living by Design, Transportation for America, BALLE, Samueli Institute, and the Food Commons, and as a Fellow of the Public Health Institute — all organizations that are working to support the flourishing of people and place.
Over the years, Tyler was also:
- Recognized as a "Community Healer" in his adopted hometown of Oakland, California.
- Founding Co-Chair of Advancing the Movement.
- Founding Co-Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's National Leadership Alliance.
- Founding Director of what would become 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.
- Head Coach of the YMCA's award-winning Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative.
- CEO of a healthcare technology start-up: Workforce Engage™, dedicated to driving clinical quality, patient safety and enhanced employee experience.
- Founding director of the US Coalition for Healthy Cities and Communities, which later morphed into becoming the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI).
- Director of consulting services for the National Civic League.
Tyler along Afghan-Tajik border on 1993 Pamir National Park project.
In 2006, Tyler became the first Executive Director of the Abraham Path Initiative creating a route of cultural discovery and sustainable economic development the Middle East.
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.