Jukay was raised in the Queens neighborhoods of Bayside and Flushing. He developed his interest in economic and community development in high school as a volunteer and later Chairman of the American Red Cross Queens Chapter Youth Group while also serving as Student Body President of Stuyvesant High School. After studying economic development and graduating from Harvard College, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal while commanding a rifle platoon and later leading economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts. In May 2011 Jukay returned to his hometown and founded the nonprofit organization Coalition for Queens. Its mission is to promote and advocate for Queens and its current Silicon Valley 2.0 initiative aims to make our borough the next great technological innovation center.