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Jessica Lax is an urbanist and activist driving social equity and inclusion through design, economic development, and community engagement. Prior to joining Van Alen Institute, Jessica worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she launched the NYC’s first vacant lot activation projects and low-income entrepreneurship incubator. She also worked for the NYC Department of Transportation, where she implemented Queens’ first neighborhood bicycle network and initiated in the redesign of Queens Blvd, previously one of the most dangerous boulevards in the world. Jessica received her Master of Urban Planning with honors from Hunter College and acknowledgment from the American Planning Association. She received her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan.