Chief Operation Officer
Jason Autar is the Chief Operating Officer at the Oyate Group’s Bronx Rising Initiative. Drawing on his wealth of government and nonprofit experience, he aims to create sustainable programming and provide access to critical resources that will positively impact his home borough of The Bronx.
Prior to joining BRI, Jason worked at CASES (Center for Alternative Incarceration and Employment Services), where he served as a court representative in Brooklyn and worked to provide young defendants with an alternative to incarceration – offering him a deeper
understanding of the dire effects of mass incarceration on Black and brown communities. After several years at CASES, Jason moved to Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern NJ, where he managed a job readiness program for young adults with special needs by partnering with employers and other social services agencies.
He then went on to the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development where he worked closely with nonprofit organizations serving New York City Housing Authority communities and supported initiatives that fostered sustainable partnerships with residents, community stakeholders, governmental organizations and grassroots community institutions.
Jason was born in the Berbice region of Guyana. His father immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s and then sponsored Jason and his mother in the late 80’s. Jason’s family was complete after his siblings joined him and his parents in the early 90’s. His family eventually settled in the Tremont section of The Bronx.
Jason holds a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he was heavily involved in on-campus groups, rallies and more, which led to his commitment to social justice.