Joe Moore, President
Joe Moore Strategies, LLC
Alderman, City of Chicago (1991-2019)
Joe Moore brings over 40 years of political, legal, and local government experience to the table. Moore cut his teeth in politics as a high school volunteer in local, state, and national campaigns, and while in college, managed a congressional district for a major presidential candidate. He worked for seven years as an attorney in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where he represented the City in a wide variety of cases at the trial and appellate court level, including the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Moore was elected to the Chicago City Council at 32, the youngest person serving in the body at that time. During his long tenure on the City Council, Joe was widely acknowledged for his political independence, effectiveness, and ability to build coalitions across the political spectrum. He served as chairman of a number of City Council committees, including the powerful Committee on Housing and Real Estate. During his time on the Council, Moore interacted and built relationships with business and labor leaders, real estate developers, city department heads, sister agencies, and government officials at the federal, state, county, and local levels. Moore also served as his ward’s committeeman, a political position that enabled him to further build his friendships with elected officials at all levels of government.
Moore gained worldwide renown as the first elected official in the United States to implement “participatory budgeting,” a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which community residents decide how to allocate a portion of a municipal budget. The process, which began in Moore’s 49th Ward, has expanded to over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Moore’s connections and friendships extend nationally through his longtime service to the National League of Cities (NLC), an organization that advocates on behalf of the country's 19,000 cities, towns, and villages. Moore served in numerous leadership positions including the NLC's Board of Directors and chaired several of the organization’s policy committees and councils. There he worked with local elected officials from cities large and small to develop national municipal policy priorities and explore best practices to ensure professional development.
Moore also served as President of the National Democratic Municipal Officials organization (DMO), a Democratic National Committee affiliate, where he developed a national advisory board of corporate government affairs directors, trade association professionals, organized labor leaders, policy organizations, and lobbyists to build bridges of understanding and garner support for the organization. Moore continues to remain involved with DMO as a “President-Emeritus,” and his wife, Barbara Moore, served as the organization’s Executive Director prior to joining Joe Moore Strategies.
Moore graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law where he served on the DePaul Law Review.
Joe Moore Strategies, LLC
In January 2023, Barbara Moore joined Joe Moore Strategies to serve our clients who needed to engage with city leaders far beyond Chicago and to enhance our services to clients needing support navigating city departments for real estate and retail ventures.
Barbara Moore served for more than a dozen years as the National Executive Director of "Democratic Municipal Officials" (DMO) a political non-profit affiliate organization of the Democratic National Committee. DMO is an association representing 40,000 local elected officials. Over her years with DMO, Barbara built lasting relationships with elected officials across the county. Additionally, she developed a National Advisory Board of Government Affairs professionals from Fortune 100 companies, startups, lobbying firms, trade associations, labor unions, and non-profit organizations and engaged with those leaders daily. She understands how to build partnerships between government entities and the private sector.
Prior to joining DMO, Barbara owned her own consulting firm and served the Real Estate industry as a Project Manager. She oversaw multi-million dollar residential and commercial development projects, both new construction and adaptive reuse. In her work, she managed the government affairs work of her clients and coordinated the work of architects, engineers, attorneys, construction companies, and Real Estate Agents. She developed proformas and project management timelines and processed construction draws. She shepherded permit applications, redevelopment agreements, business licenses, and zoning changes through the City of Chicago. She understands the needs of our Real Estate clients and knows that what seems a mere day or two lost in a construction schedule can result in a reality of months of lost time to completion and hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs.