Jesse Sublett is an author and musician in Austin, Texas. He’s the author of 13 published books and a legend in the Austin music scene. In 1978, Jesse founded The Skunks with Eddie Munoz and Bill Blackmon, while simultaneously, he was a founding member of the Violators, with Kathy Valentine, Carla Olson and Marilyn Dean—these two bands being the first punk bands in Austin. Their first gigs at Raul’s marked the birth of the Austin punk/new wave scene.
I started Bouldin Creek Café in a 700 square foot shack in the summer of 2000. We were basically a coffee bar with a small menu of vegetarian food prepared in a tiny kitchen. We employed the artists, musicians, queers that had always had my heart. Over the years we gained a loyal following and our menu grew with the demand. By 2005 we were a full blown restaurant with lines out of the door on weekends.
I’m a professor of statistics and data science at UT, where I teach both in the McCombs School of Business and in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. I grew up in Katy, Texas and went to college here at UT, just like my mom before me. After graduating in 2004, I lived in England for two years to study math at Cambridge. Then I did my PhD in statistics at Duke University, and finally I got back to Texas as fast as I could.
"I've co-owned End Of An Ear for 13 and a half years with Daniel Plunkett. Dan and I have been partners for 20 years and we always dreamed of opening up a shop together after he realized his last Record Store "33 Degrees" was coming to an end around 2003. We started End Of An Ear on S. 1st Street near Oltorf in April of 2005."
Jenée Ovitt owns Once Over Coffee Bar with her husband Rob and they co-own Wild Gift Coffee, both here in Austin. She has been in specialty coffee since 2004, opening Izzy's Coffee Den with Rob with very little money and a lot of grit. They sold that shop in 2007 to move back to Austin, where they had met and had lived off and on since the 90's.
Mayor Steve Adler was sworn into office in January 2015 and has focused primarily on Austin’s growing affordability crisis and worsening traffic.
Mayor Adler has received recognition for his innovative ideas and leadership. In Jun. 2017, his fellow mayors elected Mayor Adler a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors after putting him on the Advisory Board the previous year. In August 2016, Mayor Adler was voted by mayors surveyed by POLITICO Magazine as the co-winner of the Rookie of the Year award. In September 2016, Living Cities included Mayor Adler on the list of 25 Disruptive Leaders (along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, author Ta-Nehihi Coates, and actor Jesse Williams) to mark that organization’s 25th anniversary. Also that month, his office’s application for a crowdsourced minibond campaign to save Austin’s iconic music venues was picked as one of five winners of the Neighborly Bonds Challenge.
Reyna Vazquez is chef and founder of Veracruz All Natural. She grew up helping her mother in their family restaurant near the beautiful Veracruzana beach. Starting at a very young age, Reyna learned the ins and outs of the kitchen from her grandmother and mother, and she has loved cooking ever since.