Commissioner Wyse makes plans for the new year

Commissioner Nancy Wyse poses in a blue silk blouse, while she smiles for the camera.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

At yesterday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, one year to the day of being sworn in as a commissioner, Nancy Wyse was elected to serve as Board Chair by fellow commissioners Pat Malone and Xan Augerot. 

In her first year as County commissioner, Wyse served as the Board’s Vice-Chair. Wyse also served as a member of the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties Board and liaison to the cities of Philomath and Monroe. Wyse was an acting member of the Association of Oregon Counties, Library Board, Oregon Cascades West Economic Development District, South Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee, Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area, and Oregon Department of Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee.

In 2022, Wyse will continue to serve in many of the same roles, while adding the Home, Opportunity, Planning & Equity Advisory Board and Executive Committee, Housing Alliance Homelessness & Tenant Protection workgroup, and liaison to the City of Adair. 

Wyse is committed to several goals including pandemic impact recovery, improving public records access and transparency, prudent steps forward on the Justice System Improvement Program, and land use stewardship. As chair, Wyse’s responsibilities will include administrating meetings, planning agendas, and responding to constituents who reach out to the Board of Commissioners. 

Wyse started her career working in the telecommunications industry and soon moved on to residential management operations. It was around this time that Wyse and longtime friend Hyatt Lytle began sharing and exploring concerns surrounding social justice issues related to Criminal Justice. They shared an area of concern regarding social unrest and more specifically the treatment of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color. What started out as more of a “what if” between two friends, launched a path into future careers and public activism for both.

“One day a Facebook ad popped up out of nowhere, asking the reader if they had ever thought about running for city council”, commissioner Wyse shared.

One thousand seven hundred personal home visits later, Nancy was elected in 2016, winning against a four-term incumbent. Hyatt Lytle was also elected to the Corvallis City Council in 2016, and continues to serve as Council president. 

Wyse served two terms on the Corvallis City Council and was unanimously voted vice president of the council her last term. In addition, Wyse held numerous board and committee affiliations and liaison positions. She was then appointed by the Benton County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Benton County Planning Commission and Benton County Budget Committee. In November 2020, she was elected to serve as a Benton County Commissioner beginning in January 2021.

Nancy Wyse grew up in Portland and attended Central Catholic High School. After high school she moved to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University. Nancy met life-long Benton County resident Reid Wyse and the two were married in 2011. They have two daughters Natalie and Ila, who are Nancy’s biggest supporters. When Nancy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping, and has a passion for baking.