Mr. William Tyler Norris

Chief Executive
Oakland, California
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Community & Civic Engagement
Community Based Participatory Research
Economic Security
Community Development
Policy & Education
Public Health & Safety
Social Justice
Religion / Faith / Spirituality
Social Justice


Tyler Norris, MDiv, is chief executive, Well Being Trust, a new national foundation with a mission to advance mental, social and spiritual health. Over the past three decades, Tyler has shaped health and development initiatives in hundreds of communities across the US and around the world. As a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, government agencies and collaborative partnerships, he has served to improve the health of people and places. Prior to becoming the first chief executive of Well Being Trust, Tyler was vice president, Total Health at Kaiser Permanente, where he led the “anchor institution" work, applying all operational assets to impact the economic, social and environmental determinants of health. He previously served as the founding president and CEO of a leading health consultancy, Community Initiatives, and as founding board chair of IP3, the social enterprise that gave birth to the Community Commons, a GIS data mapping platform. In recent years, Tyler also served as a board member and/or advisor to the Convergence Partnership; Enterprise Community Partners; Active Living by Design; Samueli Institute; Public Health Institute and the YMCA of the USA. Tyler was a WK Kellogg Foundation National Fellow, and later became founding Co-Chair of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. Globally, he helped open the Abraham Path through the heart of the Middle East, and co-founded the Kuhiston Foundation that helped establish the national park system in Tajikistan. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Program, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University, and has a bachelor’s degree in World Political Economy from Colorado College.