Jay Kumar Aiyer

     In his brief but diverse career, Jay K. Aiyer has proven himself a leader and innovator in the public, private and non-profit sectors. A lawyer by training, Jay is currently Of Counsel for the firm of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, Williams, White & Martin practicing public and business immigration law. A graduate of the South Texas College of Law, Aiyer has been a licensed attorney since 1995.

     Previously he was a senior management consultant for Deloitte and Touche, L.L.P., specializing in improving the operations of public, educational, and non-profit institutions. While holding Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Texas, Aiyer's personal commitment has always been to public service.

     His public service career has included work for both Senator Rodney Ellis and Mayor Lee P. Brown, where he served as Chief of Staff. Aiyer was the first Asian-American and youngest Chief of Staff in the modern history of Houston. Aiyer has also given significant time as a volunteer business consultant for the Urban Business Initiative, mentoring small and minority business owners to start and expand businesses in Houston. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alief YMCA and the Gulfton Youth Development Council.

     Aiyer was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System (HCCS), the third largest system in the country and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Aiyer has been instrumental in refocusing HCCS towards engaging with all aspects of the community and has emphasized the vital role HCCS plays in the community, especially in terms of workforce development and helping students prepare for their careers.

     Aiyer is the first person of Asian descent to serve on the HCCS Board of Trustees, and only the second Asian-American currently in elected office in Harris County. He is also the first South Asian elected to political office in Harris County. Though born in London, he is of Indian heritage and has lived in Houston since the age of six. He attended public schools in the Alief and Fort Bend Independent School Districts. Aiyer and his wife, healthcare attorney, Nirja Sharma Aiyer, are the proud parents of a beautiful 5-year-old daughter, Meera and 1 year old son, Naveen.

     Contact address: Chamberlain Hrdlicka/HCCS, 1200 Smith, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77002


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