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A Birmingham native, Jay Pigford has long been committed to the city community. After graduating The Altamont School, he attended The University of the South where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and then entered The University of Texas at Austin where he received his Master of Architecture. After practicing in Texas for seven years, he returned to Birmingham.

Jay serves on The Altamont School Board of Trustees and the Cahaba River Society Board. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and a board member for Birmingham Ultimate Youth Association. For the past three years he has been assistant coach for the metro-area high school composite mountain biking team that competes across the state under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Jay has over 20 years of experience designing and managing a variety of institutional, commercial, religious and residential architecture projects. Recent clients include Highlands School, Indian Springs School, Creative Montessori School, Jones Valley Teaching Farms, The Altamont School, Birmingham School of Law. Currently Jay is leading the team for Alabama’s Gulf State Park Learning Campus, Trails Network, and Interpretive Center, a Living Building Challenge project.

Jay lives in Forest Park with his wife, Courtney, son, Harris, a senior at John Carroll Catholic High School and daughter, Ella, a freshman at Indian Springs School.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
One Place is a gift to our community. It is a service that is critical to so many silent victims. One Place empowers them, supports them, and provides a clear line for justice. I am honored to take part in this campaign to establish a permanent space for One Place. It is our responsibility to carry the torch and make this happen for our community and for our future.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
Inspiration begins with hope. Allison Dearing and One Place inspire me to advocate for a stronger community. A community that provides complete services for those in need. Who will be our next leader? The next generation. It is up to all of us to insure they have the opportunities to achieve their complete potential.

My father, Dick Pigford, has always been in service to his community in many ways, and he inspires me every day. He does not carry a megaphone. He does not reach for headlines. He is a doer. He sees needs and is compelled to help. To serve others. Of the many poems he has written, one line will always carry me on… “It is ok to Give, It is ok to Give.”

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