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Jessica Lax

Innovation Fellow with the New Jersey Office of Innovation

Co-Designing Main Street in the New Economy

Jessica is a civic sector strategist that leverages human-centered design and interdisciplinary collaboration to create more just and impactful organizations, programs, and policies. Jessica is an Innovation Fellow with the New Jersey Office of Innovation where she works to make it easier for businesses to start, operate, and grow in New Jersey. 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 master plan 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.

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