People

Farm&City is a small, startup nonprofit growing to fill unmet needs at the state and regional level and to support the work of many people across the state. We believe Texas needs a complex entity that can house and support the work of diverse people, thought, disciplines, and backgrounds.

We believe that an organization like the one we are building works best by collaborating with other organizations and diverse people across the state. While we have stayed small for our first several years, expanding the board and staff is a key goal of 2020, along with formalizing the role of volunteers we works with across projects.

Board of Directors

Megan Howse Brendle
Jacob Clifton
Ben DiPietro
Toto Miranda

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 Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, the Capital Metro Project Connect Advisory Network, 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.

Job Openings

We plan to hire two full time positions by the end of 2020, including a Deputy Director – significantly dedicated to fundraising – and a Director of the Vision Zero Texas program – significantly dedicated to supporting Central Texas Families for Safe Streets and developing this model statewide along with coordinating the broader Vision Zero movement statewide.

Job postings should be available soon, but please feel free to contact Jay Blazek Crossley for more information or to go ahead and send in your resume and career goals.

Consultants

Ruven Brooks
Senior GIS Mapping and Research Fellow
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Ruven Brooks is retired from more than forty years of industrial and university work in software development and research on software development.   His current focus is on applying the skills he has acquired in data analysis and modeling to shaping public policy, particularly in the area of transit.

In addition to providing data analyses and models to support social change, he is also interested in using quality methods developed in the software industry to improve the ways in which governmental agencies perform their own data analysis and modeling, with the goal of making what are sometimes complex technical processes more accessible to the wider public.

He has a Ph.D. degree from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Ken Flippin
Lead Organizer, Vision Zero Texas
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Current Interns

Tynan J. Holt
UT-Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Madilyn Jarman
UT-Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Olivia Muehlberger
UT-Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
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August Stanley
UT-Austin, Community & Regional Planning
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Former Staff

Ashkan Jahangiri, Policy Analyst & Daily Headlines, Streetsblog Texas
Andrew Mayer, GIS Analyst

Former Interns

Heather Yu, UW-Seattle, Evans School of Public Administration
Philip Jankoski, UT-Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Laura Thomas, UT-Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs