It took nine states – Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Nevada, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, South Dakota, and California. Then, he made Richmond, Virginia, home.
After leaving his hometown of Columbus, Georgia, to attend Kansas State University, Tyrone quickly got involved on his campus and the campaign trail. He served as an Ally Advisor and Multicultural Affairs Director, helping to create safe spaces for students and ensuring the voices of minority communities were being heard.
Tyrone served in a volunteer capacity with the campaign to re-elect President Obama, and then with Paul Davis for Governor. In 2016, he was able to take the skills he’d developed as a volunteer and join the Bernie Sanders for President campaign as a Field Organizer.
He quickly rose through the ranks on the campaign, working in seven different states, and ultimately serving in a role with the National Advance Staff. The campaign had become his second home and the people he worked with, like a second family. So, as the campaign came to an end he sought to find that elsewhere. He found that in Richmond, Virginia, with the Jack Berry for Mayor campaign, and then through the special elections of Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Jeff Bourne.
Since making Richmond his home, Tyrone has expanded that second family through both his work and community service. He currently works with New Virginia Majority as a political coordinator, developing and managing relationships with allied organizations in the progressive community. Tyrone serves as an executive member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals, Richmond City Democratic Committee, Living with Sickle Cell RVA, and serves as a Young Adult Ministry Co-chair at First African Baptist Church.
In addition to Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats, he also belongs to the Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia.
As unique and sturdy as the signature wooden bow-ties he makes – a skill he learned from his Uncle – Tyrone has made a home of Richmond and we’re glad to recognize him as our March Member of the Month.