Mr. Mooney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an area of specialization in Urban and Regional Planning, from Florida International University.
Mr. Mooney started his public sector career with the City of North Miami Beach in 1989 as a Management Intern, and finished as an Assistant City Planner.
In 1993 he joined the City of Miami Beach as a Senior Planner, overseeing the Design Review and Historic Preservation functions of the Planning Department. Mr. Mooney was promoted to Principal Planner, Design and Preservation Manager and eventually Acting Planning & Zoning Manager, while taking on progressively more responsible roles in the overall administration of the Department.
In January 2014 Mr. Mooney was appointed Director of the Planning Department, the position he holds today.
Mr. Mooney is a Certified Professional Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Currently, Mr. Mooney serves on the Board of Advisors for the FIU Graduate School of Public Administration. He has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Gold Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, and has also served as the Southeast Representative of the Urban Design and Preservation Division of the National American Planning Association.
Locally, Mr. Mooney has served on the Board of Directors of Dade Heritage Trust, the Tropical Pioneers of the Historical Museum of South Florida (now History Miami), and the Florida Philharmonic Maestro Society of Dade County. He is a graduate of the Miami Design Preservation League Tour Guide Academy and is a certified Historic District Tour Guide.
Mr. Mooney is an avid cyclist and competitive triathlete.