This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Chynah Tyler

Massachusetts Legislature
Representative, 7th Suffolk District
Chynah was born and raised in Roxbury where she established a special place in her heart for her community. Programs offered at facilities such as the John A. Shelburne Community Center and Roxbury Boys and Girls Club provided her with an authentic sense of pride as a Roxbury native. This pride, coupled with much prayer and support from her family, built a foundation for her to be the State Representative for the 7th Suffolk district.

Growing up, she attended Boston Public Schools and Charter Schools. Although she was a dedicated athlete, she also excelled academically and was accepted into the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University. Upon completion of high school and the Crimson Summer Academy, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University.

After graduating college, she entered her professional career as a Case Worker for Federal Inmates where she assisted those nearing release with securing employment, housing, and, most importantly, community support. While there, she realized that there are a host of barriers which contribute to recidivism. Because of that, she grew to understand the importance of the role that state government plays in delivering valuable resources to her community.

In her first experience with public service, Chynah had the pleasure of working as a Legislative Aide for a Massachusetts State Senator. In that position, she worked to secure funding for programs like Residential Assistance for Families in Transition Program (RAFT), community college reform, and environmentally-friendly organizations. Finally, Chynah has also served the community through volunteering at the Probation Department of the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court as well as working full time as a professional while raising a child.

Today, Chynah seeks to effectively create new policies and adjust existing ones in efforts to further enrich her community. She looks forward to advancing the legacy of her district as its State Representative.