Next Up Columbus 2024: Tyreese Bowman

Tyreese Bowman
Tyreese Bowman

Photo courtesy of Tyreese Bowman

Interview by Derek Grosso

Name: Tyreese Bowman
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Age: 26
Profession: Outreach and Engagement Manager, Short North Alliance
Neighborhood: Clintonville
Education: BA – Business Administration, Capital University
Community Involvement: Short North Alliance, Stonewall Columbus (Board of Trustees)
Motto: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
Connect: LinkedIn | Instagram

Give us a snapshot of your path
I have been working in the non-profit sector since 2015, beginning my career advocating against domestic violence at ODVN. This experience highlighted the significance of mission-driven work for me. As a student at Capital University, I studied Business Administration, and conducted research on international business ethics at London South Bank University in England. Since graduating from Capital University, I have had the opportunity to work at organizations dedicated to improving the health of Black and Brown communities and the LGBTQ+ community. Currently, I work in urban planning, where I lead outreach efforts for community events, safety initiatives, equitable public transportation, and art projects.

What gets you up in the morning? And what gets you through the workweek?
In a literal sense, my alarm clock gets me up in the morning. Figuratively, its my family, friends and the opportunity to be creative that get me through the week.

What advice or mentors have helped guide you along the way?
“You don’t get what you don’t ask for!”

What do you do or where do you go to unwind?
I enjoy theater, watching and performing! I also love hot yoga, and swimming.

What are a few of your favorite local spots in Columbus?
I love the parks! The Park of Roses, Innis, Goodale, and Schiller.

When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
If I had to guess, probably an Actor!

What books or podcasts are you reading/listening to right now?
My favorite most recent reads are “Art on My Mind” by Belle Hooks. “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare. “Alive at the End of the World” by Saeed Jones. “For Eleanor” by Lauren DeCamillo.

What does it mean to you to be chosen for the Next Up Columbus award?
Being chosen for this award represents a humbling recognition for work that I’ve done and will continue doing. It is a personal achievement just as much as it is an inspiration to drive positive change in any way that I can.

If someone were to ask you what the “pulse” of Columbus is, what would you tell them?
The pulse of Columbus lies within those who continue to advocate for equity in every space they’re in.

The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus. The Columbus Young Professionals Club would like to offer special thanks to our 2024 co-presenters, Discover Financial, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Edison Brewing Co. for their support of this year’s awards program. Meet the entire “Class of 2024” »


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