John V. Moeser is Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University and Senior Fellow in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond. His career has spanned 46 years with his teaching and scholarship focusing on urban politics and urban history, particularly 20th Century racial segregation, inequality, and the effect of public policy on the creation of concentrated poverty.
His work on current poverty trends in metropolitan Richmond contributed to the creation of Richmond Mayor Jones’ Anti-Poverty Commission. He chaired the task force responsible for designing implementation plans of the Commission’s economic development recommendations. He was one of the leaders who created the current mayoral election system in Richmond and served two governors on task groups responsible for developing recommendations for addressing the Commonwealth’s urban areas. Moeser has long been active in the non-profit and faith communities of metropolitan Richmond.