Hi, my name is… Jordan Moreno.
I’ve lived in Fireside at Desert Ridge for a few months and I love it because… This neighborhood is unlike any other that we’ve ever experienced! Neighbors are friendly and look out for one another. There is a true community feel. We love going to the park or community center as a family and meeting other families. We’ve already made so many friends.
A typical day in my life includes… Waking up before the rest of the family to exercise, drink coffee while it’s still hot or have some quiet time to plan my day, get my husband and 3-year-old son out the door for work and school, and jumping on my computer to start my workday. I am the Vice President of Marketing and Development for a local charity named Homeward Bound. We serve families facing homelessness and I oversee all our marketing, media, events, fundraising campaigns, and donor engagement. I love fall in Arizona because we can take family walks around the neighborhood after dinner. Most of the evening is spent chasing around an energetic preschooler until bedtime and hopefully enjoying some wine and a book—if I am lucky! In our free time, my husband and I are active in the philanthropic community and love to travel to new places and try new restaurants.
My family is… Everything! I believe that a house is just a shelter, but the family inside makes it a home. My son Avery is super high energy and is always making us laugh. My husband Jose is the Chief Marketing Officer at Fiesta Bowl, so we are big into college football as a family. We seem to always be on the move. We love to be outdoors and travel together.
One thing I cannot live without is… Sweets. Everything from ice cream to candy to cake.
My favorite movie I could never get tired of watching and why… Really any Christmas movie, but my favorite is The Grinch. I think it brings a sense of nostalgia and tradition. I have probably memorized every word by now.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… A news anchor. I grew up in a media family in Denver and always thought news anchors were so prestigious and poised.
The song I would sing at Karaoke night is… “Livin La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin. Dance moves included.
The one person who motivates me is…The person I was yesterday!
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was… My son Avery playing the harmonica and guitar at the same time tapping his foot to the beat, singing some song I didn’t recognize. He looked wise beyond his years, and it made me laugh at how serious he was about it and how cute he was at the same time.
The perfect day… Would start with plenty of coffee, spending time with family on some sort of adventure in the sun, followed by a relaxing dinner and drinks while enjoying the sunset. Probably on a beach!
My favorite local nonprofit is… Of course, Homeward Bound. I am inspired by the single moms that I see every day pick themselves up out of homelessness and grind for their children to make sure they break the cycle of poverty.
Other favorites include: My favorite restaurant is the Italian Daughter. The food is delicious, and the ambiance is fantastic. My favorite local hiking trail is Tom’s Thumb.
My life is… Beautiful chaos! It’s always “go, go, go,” but I am grateful for every minute of it.
The best gift I’ve ever received was… An Edwardian antique locket with a picture of my family in it. I wear It every day.
My dream vacation would be… A month traveling around European countries, taking our time and learning about each culture, and trying a lot of new foods.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received… Your thoughts become your reality.