John Jay College of Criminal Justice has announced the appointment of Jim McCann, BS ’75, and Ron Moelis to the John Jay College Foundation Board of Trustees. Each board member brings stellar credentials in both the private and nonprofit sectors.
Jim McCann is a highly successful entrepreneur, public speaker and published author who built an innovative business model based on “delivering smiles.” As founder, Chairman of the Board and widely recognized spokesperson for 1-800-flowers.com Inc., Mr. McCann has eagerly embraced emerging technologies – such as 800 phone numbers, the Internet, mobile commerce and social networking – to stay at the forefront of consumer and social trends and build his business into the world's leading florist and gift shop. Mr. McCann has also steered the company into the emerging areas of content and media by founding Celebrations.com, a leading, interactive social Web site for expert party planning, tips and information. As a result of his innovative entrepreneurship, Mr. McCann has become an award-winning public speaker, a published author and a sought-after guest on radio and television programs nationwide. McCann's strategy for growth includes an effective combination of birthing new businesses and making acquisitions of businesses and brands that resonate with and engage customers. Mr. McCann is a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited and a trustee of Hofstra University, the Cancer Research Institute and other nonprofits.
Ron L. Moelis
Ron Moelis is co-founder, CEO and Chairman of L+M Development Partners Inc., a leader in developing affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing. Under Mr. Moelis’s leadership, L+M has been responsible for more than $2 billion in development and construction and has created more than 10,000 high-quality units in the tristate area alone. Community leaders, government officials and investment organizations consistently turn to L+M because of the company’s innovative approach and its track record of excellence. Mr. Moelis demonstrates a deep personal commitment to the issues of affordable housing and community development. He is a co-founder and Vice Chairman of the nonprofit New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and in 2010 he helped launch New York University’s Institute for Affordable Housing. Mr. Moelis also helped initiate a construction trades training program with LaGuardia Community College in 2008 that provides training and employment opportunities for inner-city youth. Mr. Moelis, who holds a BA in History and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law, serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law, the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Board of Trustees of Civic Builders, among many other civic involvements.