Jess Mayes

Board Member

Jess Mayes

Jess is a passionate environmental advocate who believes that practical education should support life and the environment, while also transcending socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic boundaries.

He advises, designs, and implements regenerative systems by working with various clients, communities, private entities, and NPO’s throughout Texas, Mexico, and Central America.

In 2014 he received an award from President Obama for his work in environmental stewardship within the community.

A deep, immersive study of Permaculture under Scott Pittman in Central America helped him grow his knowledge of regenerative systems.

He was brought in as the Conservation Research & Outreach Coordinator to build the Community Conservation Educational Program from scratch for Alamo Colleges’ William R. Sinkin Eco Centro from 2016-2021. In this role, he worked with dozens of community members, leaders, organizers, and educators, to create and refine a practical community education program.

After having taught or co-taught for thousands of community members over the years, as well as having built a digital education platform in response to the pandemic, he decided to pursue similar community education interests in Mexico.

He currently works with a diverse team of amazing people from all over the world to help create regenerative opportunities, whenever, and wherever possible.

His skill set includes: Permaculture systems, food production, project conceptualization and design, rainwater harvesting, irrigation, community organization, digital platforms, hydraulic engineering, Distributed Ledger Technology, video production/ editing and other tech, soil regeneration, composting techniques/ biological processes, erosion control, and groundwater recharge.

Jess has been described as “a swiss army knife”, and “not an expert at any one thing, but very good at a few. He knows when, and how to get the right people involved!”

He learned carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, and other handy trades at a young age from his dad, the “original swiss army knife”. These skills have helped him have a foundational knowledge and understanding that helps with complex problem solving, and more importantly, gives him a deep first hand appreciation for hard work, pride in being creative and helping others, as well as first hand insight into the struggles and reality of the working class.

Quote from Jess: “I would be nowhere without the love and support of my wonderful family, amazing friends, and a whole lot of good energy from all directions. Life is too short to waste. We must support life, and create abundance!”