“Jay’s dedication, passion and caring attitude serve to not simply build a better community, but elevate Peoria’s quality of life” - Jeff Tyne, City Manager, City of PeoriaIn some of his recent work, Jay has served on multiple advisory teams, including the pandemic response team and the city’s “Livability Initiatives,” dedicated to advancing community pride and connectedness. Jay has also committed himself to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by serving as the coordinator for Peoria’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) liaison. In collaboration with ASU’s Project Cities program, Jay has advised numerous student projects to advance Peoria’s commitment to community building. Dr. Gregory Broberg has worked with Jay on two student projects and acknowledges Jay’s commitment to advancing the students’ work, “...Jay worked with city leaders to develop communication plans to address urgent affordable housing and food needs. Jay has approached our projects as an opportunity to make the city more philanthropic, advancing equity and wellbeing for residents.”
“Jay’s versatile leadership and knack for coordinating stakeholders has driven Peoria to address a variety of challenging city issues relating to planning, economic development, and livability, whilst considering more sustainable solutions. This has enhanced Peoria’s overall commitment to sustainability and bolstered the city’s reputation as a statewide leader in this space.” - Anne Reichman, Director, Sustainable Cities Network
On behalf of everyone here at ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network and the Global Futures Laboratory:
CONGRATULATIONS, JAY!!--Project Cities is a member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N) and is administered by ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and the Sustainable Cities Network. Stay up to date with Project Cities and the Sustainable Cities Network by following us on social media or subscribing to our newsletter.