City of Austin, Special Assistant to the Mayor of Austin
John-Michael Cortez serves as Special Assistant to the Mayor of Austin, Texas, the nation’s fastest growing large metro area and Live Music Capital of the World. John-Michael advises Mayor Adler on Austin’s most challenging issues, including regional and urban planning, transportation, workforce development, affordable housing, and where to find the city’s best breakfast tacos and BBQ. He is passionate about equitable policy-making and planning, but even more passionate about building and sustaining the political will to actually see those policies and plans come to fruition.
In his time working with Mayor Adler, John-Michael facilitated the development of Austin’s largest ever multi-modal transportation bond program, which voters overwhelmingly approved and is now transforming how Austinites move around the city. He also advised the Mayor on the development of the city’s first ever strategic housing plan and workforce master plan, which will make Austin more equitable and affordable for thousands of households. John-Michael’s current focus is the re-write of Austin’s 35-year old land development code and preparing the Austin community to finally invest in a desperately needed regional high-capacity transit system.