Jason Islas


A southern California native and a former Peace Corps volunteer, Jason has developed a particular passion for working toward an urban, sustainable, and economically diverse future for Santa Monica, the city where he grew up and attended school, and the greater Los Angeles region.

Jason was one of the founding members and he sits on the steering committee of Santa Monica Forward, the grassroots organization advocating for progressive policies in his hometown.

He is also active in the Los Angeles Democratic Party Central Committee and a delegate to the California Democratic Party. He currently serves as the secretary for the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter political committee, a position he has held for the past year. He also sits as a member at large on the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Executive Committee.

Jason lives car-free in Santa Monica and continues to fight for safe streets and sustainable alternatives to car-dependency.

In May 2018, Jason joined the Advocacy team at Bird Rides, where he worked to promote the shared-use electric scooter service pioneered by the Santa Monica-based company as a more sustainable and affordable alternative to car travel, especially for short trips and connecting to transit.

Before joining Bird, he was the editor of Santa Monica Next, a nonprofit news site published by the California Streets Initiative, which also publishes Streetsblog Los Angeles, Longbeachize, Streetsblog California, and Streetsblog San Francisco.

As editor and primary reporter for Santa Monica Next, Jason focused on land-use and housing policy, sustainability, shared streets, multi-modal transportation, and urban planning policy in Santa Monica, and how those policies fit into — and affect — the greater region.

Jason has also covered news related to the regional and state housing shortage for Streetsblog Los Angeles and Streetsblog California. His work for Streetsblog can be read here.

During election season in 2016, Jason took a leave of absence from his job as editor of Santa Monica Next to work as the community outreach and communications director for the Santa Monica Forward campaign against the draconian anti-development Measure LV. The measure was handily defeated by an 11 point margin.

He graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR with a bachelor’s degree in History in 2007.