Who We Are

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 cofounded 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 Boards of Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands; the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, the Steering Committee of the Cape & Islands Regional Network to Prevent Homelessness.  In 2015, Jay was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Rural Poilcy Commission.  He was elected to the Truro Board of Selectmen in 2012 and re-elected in 2015.  He served as Chair of the Select Board from 2013 to 2015.  Jay and his spouse, John Guerra, live in Truro with their Airedales Andy & Lilly, four laying hens and a rooster.

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.

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