Vice Mayor Tyller Williamson
Elected November, 2018 - Term expires December, 2022
Tyller grew up in a military family. His mom served in the Navy for 20 years so they moved around the country and never lived anywhere long enough to grow roots. His military upbringing was a formative experience, and led him to seek long-term connections and community on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.
For the last eight years, he has worked at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2013. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master’s of Business Administration program at NPS.
When he arrived here on the Central Coast, he did not know how much this area would mean to him. He realized that he had finally found a community that accepted and loved him; and he knew he would never want to live anywhere else. He and his partner, Ivan, bought their first home together in Monterey because of the beautiful environment — from the climate and landscape to the amazing community activists they have grown to love. Through his community work on the Monterey Peninsula, Tyller has truly found a lifelong home. His work with fellow community members was fundamental in the decision to run for Monterey City Council.
Tyller has a proven track record of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to accomplish common goals. As an organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign out of the San Francisco headquarters, he managed 30 staff and over 500 volunteers in a successful endeavor.
More recently, Tyller worked to bring that same sense of purpose as a co-founder of Monterey Peninsula Pride, the first pride event in this community for over a decade. This unifying and inclusive event enjoyed support from diverse community organization such as churches, synagogues, LGBTQIA+ organizations, legal groups, healthcare groups, mental health organizations, and numerous public officials. It was a powerful event with over 700 people in attendance united by their commitment of respect for all — and regional solidarity!
As a member of the Monterey County Housing Advisory Committee, and a past Committee Member on the City of Monterey’s Architecture Review Committee, he has seen firsthand the difference an active community makes. As a city councilmember, he will work tirelessly to foster, grow, and encourage productive civic participation.
Tyller envisions a future for our city as a leader in public engagement. He believes by better utilizing modern forms of communication, we can move Monterey forward by seeking robust community input to drive decision making in our local government.
On important challenges like increasing access to affordable housing, improving transportation infrastructure, and providing a sustainable water supply, Monterey is not alone. Tyller will collaborate with regional partners to tackle these tough issues in order to improve our quality of life on the Central Coast.