Moreno oversees Fiesta Bowl charitable giving, community outreach and Wishes for Teachers programs
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Fiesta Bowl Senior Director of Marketing and Community Relations Jose Moreno has been named to the prestigious Phoenix Business Journal Forty-Under-40 Class of 2018.
Moreno was selected from a pool of 420 candidates as one of 40 recipients for the award, which annually salutes the up-and-coming leaders in the community.
“It is a huge honor to be part of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Forty-Under-40 Class of 2018,” said Moreno. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to use sports to make a difference. I’m a big believer in the Fiesta Bowl’s mission to be an economic driver and have a strong community impact and I have the opportunity to contribute to our success in my home state of Arizona.”
Since 2015, Moreno has led the Fiesta Bowl’s charitable-giving and philanthropic efforts across the state, in addition to overseeing the organization’s brand and marketing initiatives. The Fiesta Bowl’s Charitable Giving Committee and Moreno have grown the philanthropic presence of the Fiesta Bowl, highlighted this past season with a record-breaking $2.5 million granted to 67 nonprofits in the Arizona community. That total is the highest annual charitable giving by any college bowl organization.
In addition to overseeing the organization’s grant allocation and community outreach activities, Moreno orchestrated the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program in 2016. In its first two years it has provided more than $1.2 million to 240 Arizona teachers in the form of $5,000 grants.
“Jose has made a tremendous difference in how the Fiesta Bowl’s community relations efforts are formed and implemented,” said Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy. “Under his direction, our charitable-giving efforts have risen to new heights, giving away record totals and identifying how our grants will be best utilized by our community partners, based on our pillars of youth, sports and education.”
Prior to joining the Fiesta Bowl, the Tucson native helped build the community relations department and foundation at Grand Canyon University (“GCU”). While at GCU, Moreno created the “Run to Fight Children’s Cancer,” which has raised nearly $1 million since its inception and is the largest pediatric cancer run in the state.
A seasoned sports business professional with over 10 years’ experience in community relations, marketing and events, Moreno began his career as a community relations coordinator with the Phoenix Suns.
Outside his work with the Fiesta Bowl, Moreno serves on the board of Playworks, Helping Hands for Single Moms and Children’s Cancer Network. Additionally, Moreno speaks to minority and low-income youth, high school and college students, sharing his testimony and career journey.
Moreno played college baseball as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he graduated with a degree in marketing. He continued his education by earning a Master’s in Leadership from GCU. Moreno currently resides in Phoenix with his wife Jordan.
The recipient class will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on August 2 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort and featured in the 40 Under 40 section of the Phoenix Business Journal on August 3.