Brian Mori is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He recently obtained an accelerated (9 month) Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the W.P. Carey School of Business. He is a published writer and passionate investigator. He enjoys travel and public service. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona. The theoretical knowledge he acquired from the intense study of land use and economics expanded upon his talent, training, and first-person experience in the ethical pursuit of information.
While an undergrad, Brian had several opportunities to explore the systems that make up our society. He was an assistant to a criminal defense attorney while competing – quite successfully – around the country with the University of Arizona Mock Trial team. He furthered his exposure to law while working as a debt-collector in a bankruptcy law firm before the financial meltdown in 2008. Brian interned at the now closed Tucson Citizen Newspaper before covering student politics and news for the U of A Daily Wildcat Newspaper. He volunteered at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault for a year while working for a Tucson psychiatrist.
After graduating, Brian spent two years monitoring, investigating, and publishing about local court proceedings for Examiner.com as a free-lance writer. Brian provided daily coverage on dozens of criminal proceedings, and reported from the scene of the Gabrielle Giffords – Tucson Mass Shooting. He also attended hearings on Arizona’s notoriously controversial S.B.1070 immigration law both in Phoenix and Washington D.C. Brian’s are some of the most comprehensive step-by-step media reports of the immigration hearings available online.
Toward the end of his time in Tucson, Brian investigated the scandal-ridden Tucson Rio Nuevo Re-Development Project. He was not satisfied that the questions being asked, and the answers being given, were enough to prevent the public and government to repeat their mistakes. Brian is energized to help bring an understanding of sustainable re-development to the public consciousness, to encourage the competitive, highest, and best use of land.
“The will of the people… is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” –Thomas Jefferson