Jessica Lax plays a leading role in the Office of Innovation’s efforts to improve the experience of starting, operating, and growing a business in the Garden State. She is a civic sector strategist that leverages human-centered design and interdisciplinary collaboration to create more just and impactful organizations, programs and policies.
Prior to joining the Office of Innovation, Jessica worked with dozens of public, private, and non-profit organizations, including the National Park Service, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Kresge Foundation. She led projects that resulted in the commitment to close jails on Rikers Island, the creation of NYC’s first incubator for low-income entrepreneurs, the expansion of bicycle lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge, and the adoption of a masterplan to transform flooding vacant lots in North Miami.
Jessica is a Coro Leadership NY participant, she received her Masters of Urban Planning from Hunter College, and her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan. In her free time you can find her backpacking, meditating, or doing Muay Thai.