Advisory Board Member

Connie Moran

Mayor of Ocean Springs, Miss., 2005-2017; Economist

Connie Moran, a native of Ocean Springs, has served as mayor and public servant of the area for more than 15 years. Connie was elected mayor three times from 2005 to 2017.  During her tenure, Moran focused on the rebuilding effort following Hurricane Katrina, obtaining more than $50 million in grants and never raising property taxes. Under her leadership, Ocean Springs received several awards for community projects, including the 2013 Great American Main Street Award.

Connie has 20 years of experience in state and local government and as an economic development professional, serving three years as director of Jackson County Economic Development until March 1999. She also spent the previous six years in Frankfurt, Germany, as the managing director of the State of Mississippi European Office, recruiting new business to the State on behalf of the Mississippi Development Authority.

Connie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international economics and finance from Georgetown University.  She conducted graduate research at the Institute of World Economics in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar and was an economist at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. She is a former fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation for German American Leadership, where she worked for the German Ministry of Finance, and was even selected “Bosch Alumnus of the Year” in 2006 for her leadership in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts immediately following the storm.

She has one daughter, Magdeleine, and is a lifelong member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Ocean Springs.