MAYOR STEVE ADLER + COLD BREW
Steve Adler was born in Washington, D.C., to parents who worked hard so that he and his brother and sister could be the first in his family to go to college. His parents wanted them to have more opportunities than they had. His dad died when he was 21; his mother followed him six years later. But they are with Mayor Adler today, every day, and they have always served as motivation to make sure others have the opportunities they gave him. He later attended Princeton and then UT Law School on scholarships and part-time jobs. Within 45 minutes of first arriving in Austin, he was swimming in Barton Springs, and he was hooked.
After law school, he devoted much of his practice to civil rights law. He defended workers and women facing discrimination and sexual harassment – hard workers who were being denied equal pay for equal work. When he won in court for Hispanic construction workers, they won the chance to operate the heavy equipment. That meant they could earn the higher pay and promotions they deserved. Later, Mayor Adler became chief of staff and general counsel for State Senator Eliot Shapleigh doing public policy and learning governance, fighting for increased public school funding, higher teacher salaries and greater environmental protections.
For over 20 years, he worked with and chaired many of Austin’s large civic and non-profit boards. He has fought discrimination and promoted the benefits of diversity as chair of the Anti-Defamation League. As board chair of the Texas Tribune, he helped build a business model for the thoughtful, factual and independent media Texas needs. He has worked to expand opportunity for girls, women and first-generation college students as a board member of GEN-Austin and Breakthrough. At the Long Center and as chair of Ballet Austin, he helped ensure that all our communities have access to the arts.
Throughout his career, he defended renters and landowners when the government or big corporations were unfairly taking their property. He spent a lifetime fighting for equity, access, fairness and opportunity. He protected working families, small businesses and women from discrimination and abuse. He defended families in the Blacklands neighborhood on the east side of I-35 when the University of Texas was expanding. He defended small and large businesses of all kinds across the state, over a dozen churches, and environmental organizations — and he has seen that the government does not always work for everyone. That is why he works hard every day to ensure that our city government works for all of us in Austin.
He invites you to contact his office with your questions, comments and ideas.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GO TO COFFEE DRINK?
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH COFFEE?
This is my most memorable experience associated with coffee, no question.
DO YOU MAKE COFFEE AT HOME? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PREPARE IT?
(The Mayor provided his personal Cold Brew recipe that he makes at home, see side bar)
WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING YOUR PLAYLIST?
These are all local musicians I’ve gotten to meet as Mayor. We have a vibrant local music scene, and I’m committed to helping grow the local music industry so they can enjoy the success they deserve. And I don’t know if the song is on Spotify, but I was in a rap video this year, so I’m prepared to defend Austin in case a rap battle breaks out.
"MO' MATH MO' MONEY" -- Official Music Video (ft. Elle G, SaulPaul)
THE MAYOR'S PERSONAL RECIPE
1. Coarsely grind 1-1/2 cups whole coffee beans.
2. Put all grounds into 1-1/2 quart or larger glass, ceramic, or plastic container.
3. Add 8 cups cold water. (Make sure all grounds are submerged.)
4. Put covered container in refrigerator for at least 12 hours, the more the better.
5. Strain through cheesecloth or the filter on your regular coffeemaker into another container.
6. Store that container in the fridge.
Makes enough to enjoy a glass every morning Monday through Friday.
More amazing Austinites coming in 2018