Jay Coburn has been an advocate, community activist and small business owner in a variety of positions over the past 27 years. Jay grew up on a small family farm in New Jersey and has B.S. in Human Ecology from Cornell University. Before moving to the Cape, he spent 10 years in Washington, D.C. as an activist, lobbyist and policy analyst for several HIV/AIDS and adolescent health national non-profits. After moving to the Outer Cape in 1997, his career took a ten year detour while he co-founded and ran one of Cape Cod’s most highly acclaimed restaurants, CHESTER, where he worked closely with local farms and fishermen.
Prior to joining CDP, Jay worked with State Senator Dan Wolf as Co-Chair of the Campaign’s Finance Committee, Director of Community Relations for his State House Office and most recently as his Political Director.
Jay serves on the Board of Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, the Board of Corporators of the Cape Cod Five Bank and is Chair of the Mass Association of Community Development Corporations Policy Committee. In 2015, Jay was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Rural Policy Commission and he currently serves as Chair of the Commission. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Vermont’s Sterling College. He served as a member of the Truro Select Board from 2012 to 2018 and was Chair of the Select Board from 2013 to 2015. He is now a member of the Town’s Finance Committee.
When Jay joined CDP in late 2012 he brought his extensive experience in non-profit management, public speaking, marketing and fundraising. As Chief Executive Officer, he oversees CDP’s programs, develops & maintains affordable housing and supports sustainable economic development through micro-loans and business development services. Jay manages an annual budget of $3.6 million funded through government and private sector grants, individual donors and program income while supervising a staff of 14 professionals.
Jay and his spouse, John Guerra, live in Truro with their Airedales Andy & Lilly, four laying hens and a rooster.