Mississippi Advocacy Organizer
Jay Thompson serves as the Mississippi advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. He works to build, strengthen and maintain a state network of diverse organizations, public agencies and partners. His work focuses on leveraging funding for bicycle and pedestrian construction projects (including the award and obligation of federal Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements funds), promoting Complete Streets and street-scale improvements and advancing joint use/shared use policies – all with an emphasis on lower-income communities. Jay’s passion is ignited by the alarming rates of not only adult, but also childhood obesity cases in the state of Mississippi.As a member of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and a committee member for the Regional Trails System for the Vision 2022 Economic plan for the city of Jackson, Jay has been able to provide insight to community and city leaders on ways to enhance the city's infrastructure. He has also maintained a working relationship with the Mississippi Department of Health and the American Heart Association, where he continues to garner support for and implement Shared Use Agreements around the state of Mississippi. He has connected with Mayor Chip Johnson, who serves as a champion for the cause of reducing trends of childhood obesity and also serves as the Chair of the Mississippi Network. Through these working relationships, community efforts span far and wide for Safe Routes to School initiatives.