Personality Profile

Brian Moran now chairs BOCA group

City assistant sees downtown potential

Posted 1/29/19

Although  Cleveland's Assistant City Manager Brian Moran is just a few years out of college, he is already somewhat of a veteran in city government, with some eight years of experience …

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Personality Profile

Brian Moran now chairs BOCA group

City assistant sees downtown potential


Although  Cleveland's Assistant City Manager Brian Moran is just a few years out of college, he is already somewhat of a veteran in city government, with some eight years of experience behind him.

Shortly before leaving Cleveland to attend Florida Southern College in 2009, he was approached by some mentors about considering a career in city government.

Moran was a little surprised by the suggestion.

“It wasn’t something I had thought about,” Moran said.

But when he returned to Cleveland a few months later for summer break, an internship with the city set the course for a career in city government.

Then City Manager Janice Casteel helped set up the internship for Moran, where over the next several years, he was able to work in many city departments, learning how each functioned.

The internship lit a passion for administrative work.

“I learned about what is prioritized and became fascinated by the complexities and challenges,” Moran said. “I was able to see projects implemented, and I wanted to learn and see more.”

Moran said Casteel offered him the chance to return each summer to learn more.

“After graduation, I got to work full time,” Moran said.

And now, in addition to his duties as the assistant to City Manager Joe Fivas, Moran will soon be taking over the helm at the Blythe Oldfield Community Association, where he will be serving as chairman. Longtime chairman Dustin Tommey is relinquishing the post to focus more on his leadership responsibilities at City Fields.

“I’m excited about it,” Moran said. “Dustin is handing the reins over, and I’m looking forward to continuing making a positive impact on the community.”

BOCA is a nonprofit organization that partners with community development organization City Fields to revitalize South Cleveland in association with other nonprofits and city government.

Both organizations have brought positive change to the Blythe Oldfield neighborhood, building and remodeling homes, as well as working to bring businesses back to the area.

At just 27, Moran has already built an impressive résumé. After moving with his family from Southern California to Cleveland in 2002, he attended Cleveland Middle School, later graduating from the Baylor School in Chattanooga. He then went on to attend Florida Southern College on an academic, as well as an athletic scholarship, swimming competitively for the university’s swim team.

“It is one of the top Division II swim teams,” Moran said, adding the the Florida Southern Mocs won the Sunshine State Conference during his senior year (2013).

“We were runners-up in several other conferences,” Moran said.

After graduation with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, Moran then attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration.

After graduating from UT in 2015, Moran then returned to Cleveland to work full time for the city, where he is spokesperson, manages its social media presence ,  handles  internal communications, as well as writes grants.

Moran also oversaw the launch of the city’s mobile app platform, Cleveland @ Your Service.

In addition, Moran also helps organize certain special events, such as the Cleveland Recycles 5K fun held each June.

Moran said he is excited about the revitalization plans for downtown Cleveland.

“We will be doing some incredible things,” Moran said. “We are working to stay engaged and do what the citizenry wants and make sure we accomplish the community’s vision.”

He said he is looking forward to the changes that will take place downtown when Whirlpool razes Plant 1, as well as for the upcoming downtown revitalization master plan which will be presented soon.

“Once Whirlpool makes their final decisions, we will have a chance to make downtown really unique and special,” Moran said.

A travel enthusiast, Moran said he regularly visits other cities to study their downtowns.

“I always look to see what other cities are doing,” Moran said. “I look to see if there is good entertainment, restaurants and venues for concerts.”

He said there is a great deal of potential for Cleveland's downtown.

“We are poised for something really big,” Moran said.

He also keeps track of legislation in Nashville to determine if changes in any bills will affect the city. 

“I try to keep everyone updated on things coming down the pipeline,” Moran said.

Moran said he owes much of his success to his family, some of whom did not have the opportunities he has had.

Growing up in a multiracial household, Moran is keenly aware of the sacrifices of his mother, grandparents and great-grandparents have made.

“I think about what my great-grandparents, grandparents and mom have gone through, and the stories that I’ve heard about the Jim Crow era … about what they experienced,” Moran said. 

While he is aware of the past, Moran’s feet are firmly planted in the future.

“It’s important that we continue to work together to help one another and realize the inclusiveness that Dr. King Luther King Jr. envisioned,” Moran said.

And that future involves focusing on his career in city government, as well as his new duties at BOCA.

“We want to be a stable factor for people in the neighborhood,” Moran said of BOCA. “We want to make a personal connection to the community.”


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