About Dr. Jose F. Moreno



About Dr. Jose F. Moreno

Dr. Jose F. Moreno currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember, District 3 in the City of Anaheim. District 3 encompasses the central-north section of Anaheim with almost 60,000 residents.

Representing DISTRICT 3

In 2012, Jose was one of three plaintiffs represented by the ACLU who filed a Voting Rights lawsuit against the city of Anaheim. The lawsuit alleged that the city’s At-Large election system violated the California Voting Rights Act, disenfranchising the vote of the Latino electorate in Anaheim. The issue went before Anaheim voters in 2014 and passed overwhelmingly as Measures L&M, making Anaheim the first city in Orange County to establish District-held elections, paving the way for Dr. Moreno’s historical victory in District 3.

Elected in 2016, despite being outspent almost 10:1 by special corporate interests, Dr. Moreno ran on a platform of Honesty, Transparency, and Integrity in Anaheim’s new single-member election system. Promoting local government that works for its people not special interests, Jose was elected by 72 votes. Despite being the only Democrat on council, he has accomplished an impressive record of achievement.

Previously, Jose served two terms on the Anaheim City School District Board of Education from 2006-2014, where he had a record of increasing student achievement, completing school construction projects on time and on budget, developing innovative programs in science, music, art, and languages, and increasing parental and community involvement programs.

Dr. Moreno grew up in Oxnard, California. The youngest son of an immigrant family, his mother worked in a factory as a seamstress while his father worked maintenance in a cannery to provide for Jose and his three older siblings.

Dr. Moreno is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach where he focuses on Latino Education and Policy Studies. He is a nationally recognized scholar and teacher in his field and sits on various academic advisory councils including the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. He received his B.A. from UC Irvine in Social Ecology with an emphasis on Criminology and Human Behavior. He earned his Master's degree and Doctorate from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy where he Co-Chaired the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review.

Dr. Moreno is currently the President of Los Amigos of Orange County, a community-based group that has met for over 38 years to serve individuals and communities in need. Dr. Moreno previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC) which provides housing and education support to help extremely low-income families transition toward self-sufficiency; the Orange County Communities for Responsible Development (OCCORD); and the Anaheim Police Department Chief's Advisory Board.

A father of four beautiful girls, 3 enrolled in Anaheim public school and the oldest beginning her first year at UCLA, Dr. Moreno and his wife, Lorena Moreno, a School Principal, have lived in Anaheim’s District 3 for over 15 years. They are among the founding parents of the first Dual Language Immersion Program in Anaheim. Dr. Moreno is a proud Girl Scout Dad who enjoys watching their daughters play in their local youth volleyball leagues in Anaheim and in school activities and events.