Jim Morgo is president of Morgo Private Public Strategies, a private-sector consulting business that specializes in municipal approvals and community acceptance and is the part-time economic development coordinator for the Town of Brookhaven. He served as Suffolk County’s chief deputy county executive from November 2007 to April 2009 and was "second in command" of the ninth-largest county in the United States with 900 square miles and a population of 1.5 million people. In this capacity, Jim had direct oversight of all county departments consisting of more than 12,000 employees and a $2.6 billion budget. He joined Suffolk County as its first commissioner of economic development and workforce housing in September 2004. In this role, he served as the chief administrator of the five-division department (aviation, cultural arts and film, community development, affordable housing, and economic development) with the mission to attract, retain, and expand businesses in Suffolk County and to allow needed workers to find homes they could afford. Jim continues to serve as chair of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency.
In addition, he served as the Long Island Housing Partnership’s first president and CEO for nearly 17 years, transforming it from a startup organization of two employees with an annual budget of $160,000 to the Long Island region’s preeminent housing organization and the most well-respected suburban housing group in the nation. When he left the Housing Partnership, it employed 18, had six affiliate organizations, and had annual budgets ranging between $10 million to $30 million.
Jim also taught English for three years to junior and senior high school students at Cranwell Preparatory in Lenox, Mass., and for 14vyears at Bayport-Blue Point High School in Bayport, N.Y. Furthermore, he taught English as an adjunct instructor at Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College, and Dowling College.
In 1983, Jim was elected to represent the Eighth Legislative District in the Suffolk County Legislature. As a legislator, he sponsored landmark legislation calling for a public acquisition of the Long Island Lighting Company, and he established himself as a strong advocate for middle-class homeownership.
Newsday named Jim Morgo as one of the 10 Long Island Residential Real Estate “Movers and Shakers.” In 2005, he was named by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s 100 most influential leaders. From 2005 to 2007, The Long Island Press named Jim one of Long Island’s 50 most powerful leaders. He has received many awards from civic, community, and business organizations for his leadership in housing and business. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, a Master of Arts from Columbia University, and a professional leadership certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.