A lot of the way I think about cities and neighborhoods is shaped by the diversity of places I lived while growing up (which I'm still in the process of doing, by the way)—from midwestern suburbs to capitals in El Salvador, Spain, and Egypt, and rural life in Massachusetts. I'm drawn to places where people naturally find connection and community, and I think it's important to observe, preserve, and learn from them. I'm lucky to work alongside people I admire and learn from on a daily basis.
Things I try to bring to the table (other than hummus) are: an outspokenness for making our communities more equitable, inclusive, and just; a knack for storytelling, listening, and asking good questions; a pretty good eye for design; a mild obsession with trees (WE LIVE IN TEXAS, PEOPLE, IS IT THAT MUCH TO ASK FOR A LITTLE SHADE); and occasional high fives. I sometimes get made fun of for stretching.
Jordan's unusual background (a grab bag of ecological design & planning, political science, and education) makes him the right person for a whole slew of projects and roles. As a Cultivator, he's our content curator, graphic designer, editor, resident hispanohablante. He also has planning and site design experience in North Texas and Massachusetts.