Tyler Williams (’11)
Regional Outreach Coordinator
Tyler Williams (’11) is the Outreach Coordinator for the Heartland, Midwest, and Mountain regions, where he is responsible for advising and developing chapters, and chapter leaders. Tyler started his involvement with SSDP as a freshman at the University of Connecticut, and stayed heavily involved throughout his college career, serving first as the group’s CFO and subsequently as the President of the chapter. During his time, Tyler lobbied to help enact Connecticut’s medical marijuana program, lobbied against drug free school zones and mandatory minimums, and successfully ran a campaign that pushed the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Student Government to pass a statement of position in support of taxing and regulating marijuana in the state. Tyler also has a great deal of experience utilizing campus media. In his sophomore year, he served as editor-in-chief for The UConn Free Press, and worked at the campus radio station, 91.7FM WHUS all four years as both a music DJ and producer of UConn SSDP Radio, a weekly public affairs show dedicated to drug policy and student activism.
Tyler got involved with drug policy when he joined the campus SSDP chapter as a freshman at the University of Connecticut in 2011. He served as CFO for the group during the 2013-2014 academic school year, and as President during 2014-2015.
While on campus, Tyler worked with state advocates to help pass Connecticut’s medical marijuana law. He also participated in campaigns to end mandatory minimum sentencing and racially discriminatory drug-free school zone policies. In his senior year, he wrote and passed a bill through student government to fully endorse marijuana legalization. Under his leadership in 2014, UConn SSDP was awarded “Outstanding Chapter” and “The Morgan Lesko Online Activism Award”.
Academic & Professional History
Prior to joining the SSDP staff, Tyler worked as a Field Manager for the Fund for the Public Interest, canvassing Southern Connecticut in support of environmental protection. He has also worked as a DevOps intern for CIGNA, and an electrical engineering intern for Sealed Air.