Jay K. Aiyer has proven himself a leader and innovator in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. An academic specializing in urban public policy, Jay is also a licensed attorney and policy consultant who has handled a myriad of complex legal and policy matters while serving as an academic and policy advocate. Prior to his career in academia, he was in private practice with Foster Quan, LLP (formerly Tindall & Foster, P.C.) and previously served as an attorney with the firm of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, Williams, White, and Martin. A graduate of the South Texas College of Law, Jay has been a licensed attorney since 1995.
In addition to serving as an Assistant Professor of Policy and the interim Assistant Director of the Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research, he has authored several research papers in the area of urban education reform. He also continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law.
In addition to his legal and academic career, Jay has also been a senior management consultant in Education and Government for Deloitte and Touche, L.L.P. He is the author of several reports on management solutions in governmental operations, including the first comprehensive review of business operations at Houston ISD. Jay holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Government and Economics, and a Master’s Degree from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Jay is a past Chair of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, serving as 2006 Board Chair and Member of the Board of trustees from 2001-2007. He was appointed to the HCCS Board of Trustees in April 2001, and elected for a full term in November 2001 to represent Southwest Houston. Jay was the first person of Asian descent to serve on the HCCS Board of Trustees. Professor Aiyer and Professor Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston currently hosts a weekly podcast – Party Politics.