Staff

Jay Blazek Crossley, Executive Director
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Jay Blazek Crossley was born in Whitney, grew up in Montrose, came to Austin for ten years to get two degrees from the University of Texas, moved back to Houston for ten years to work for Houston Tomorrow, and moved back to Austin in 2016 with his wife and young son to change the paradigm of transportation and urban planning in Texas. He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT-Austin and the LINE Certificate from the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University.

Crossley serves on the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, the City of Austin / Capital Metro Multimodal Community Advisory Committee, the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan Stakeholder Committee and several emphasis area teams, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Vision Zero ATX.

In the past, Crossley has served as a member of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Transportation Transition Team, Chair of the Houston – Galveston Area Council Pedestrian and Bicyclist Subcommittee, Member of the Mayor’s PlanHouston Implementation Advisory Committee, Member of the Houston Bicycle Advisory Committee, Stennis Congressional Intern 2004 in the US Congress, Team Leader of the US Census Bureau for the Census 2000 count, PlanHouston Indicators Committee, Member of the LISC-Houston Programs Committee, Co-Chair of the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets, Founder, Chair, and Treasurer of the Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Project, Board Member of Jane’s Due Process, College Houses Inc., Community Housing Expansion of Austin, and the Great Society Fund. Co-Chair of the Houston Food Policy Workgroup and member of the Texas Food Systems Workgroup. After school tutor to middle school students at the Austin Area Urban League, and as a member of the Houston – Galveston Area Council Our Great Region 2040 Regional Sustainability Plan By-Laws Subcommittee.

Ashkan Jahangiri, Policy Analyst
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Ashkan Jahangiri was born in Dallas, grew up in Plano, and came to Austin for college in 2015. He graduated from UT in 2017 with a degree in neuroscience. After spending a few years in scientific research, he is taking his talents to land use and transportation policy. Out of the office, he is an active participant in Austin-area social justice movements and organizations.

 

Andrew Mayer, GIS Analyst
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Andrew was born and raised in Austin. He graduated from Texas State University in 2016 with a degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Andrew has been engaged in the Austin urban planning scene since 2010. Andrew worked with the Central Austin Community Development Corporation on their light rail proposal in 2016. During that time, he met Jay and the two began working together on geospatial analysis for Texas cities. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his cat Blue.