James R. Moody is the former Commissioner of Administration for the State of Missouri, where he served as the state's chief administrative official from 1989 through 1992. Moody is also a former Missouri state budget director.
Moody has also served as Executive Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, Director of the Missouri Division of Family Services, and Assistant Director of the Ellis Fischel State Cancer Center.
From 1989 through 1992, Moody served as a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, which served in an advisory capacity to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
Moody is a former trustee of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System, the former chairman of the Missouri Public Entity for Risk Management, and a former member of the Missouri Board of Fund Commissioners.
Moody is widely acknowledged as one of the most prominent governmental consultants in Missouri. During 1994, he wrote the definitive analysis of the proposed constitutional amendment known as Hancock II. In 1995 and 1996, he published extensive research on the riverboat gaming industry in Missouri. In 1985, Moody was recognized as Public Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Institute of Public Administration. In 1994, Moody was named the Communicator of the Year by the Mid-Missouri Public Relation Society.
Moody received a bachelors degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame, and a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Moody is also a graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and was a Danforth fellow while attending Harvard.
Moody represents and consults with a diverse array of clients in Missouri, including clients which deal with public finance, telecommunications, community mental health, riverboat gaming, venture capital, local government, data processing, managed care, manufacturing and legal services.
Moody is also a widely published and quoted author and consultant on issues that impact Missouri state government.