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Next Up Columbus 2022: Chris Moscato

Chris Moscato
Chris Moscato

Photo courtesy of Chris Moscato

Interview by Derek Grosso

Name: Chris Moscato
Age: 38
Profession: Senior Project Manager at Mid-Ohio Food Collective
Neighborhood: Grove City
Education: MBA
Community Involvement:
• Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Senior Project Manager
Envision Hilltop, advisory committee member
• Mid-Ohio Farm’s Community Advisory Council, founder and leader
Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce: President Elect, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Benefits and Future Development Committee Co-Chair, Young Professional (YP) Co-Chair, Newly launched Grove City Diversity Committee, appointee representing GCACC, Government Affairs committee member, Farmers’ Market volunteer, Arts in the Alley volunteer, Boo On Broadway volunteer
Keep Grove City Beautiful – Adopt a park participant adopting Hoover Crossing Park
• Grove City Rotarian and Family of Rotary committee member
• JC Sommer Elementary PTA, member
• Cub Scouts, Pack 136 parent volunteer
Quote: “You can’t change the world but you can make a dent.”
Connect: LinkedIn | Instagram

Give us a snapshot of your career path: My career, like many, has been a long-winding path with many obstacles and barriers to overcome. Starting my career in customer service and transitioning to the finance industry provide many valuable lessons along the way. I also didn’t finish my college education until I was in my early 30s. So I quickly hit a glass ceiling in banking reinforcing my desire to not only obtain my associate’s but also to continue on for a MBA, eliminating any potential of not being qualified based on education again. Over a series of years I worked my way up in banking until I became a Senior Project Manager at JPMorgan Chase. This culmination of my finance career demonstrated valuable transferrable skills needed by Mid-Ohio Food Collective, achieving a lifelong ambition to work for an organization that has the mission to End Hunger. Since joining Mid-Ohio Food Collective I have been the project manager for multiple projects and have most recently been proud to work with the Mid-Ohio Farm team on achieving their long term vision for a sustainable, local food supply.

What gets you up in the morning? And what gets you through the workweek?
My family and building a better world for my son’s future. I want to mold the world in a way that he will be proud of and that all kids can thrive in for generations.

What advice or mentors have helped guide you along the way?
Lori Hewitt and Nick Davis have served as my primary professional mentors along the way. My primary person mentors have been John Hampson and Jackie White who continue to inspire my work. It is hard to narrow down the list though as so many have impacted who I am today and how I structure my life.

What do you do or where do you go to unwind?
Hiking, meditating and Beat Saber on Oculus

What are a few of your favorite local spots in Columbus?
3 Brothers Diner, Grove City Nutrition and Mona’s Eats & Treats

When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
I have no idea but I thought it would be great if I could help others along the way.

What books or podcasts are you reading/listening to right now?
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and Future Ready: A Changemaker’s Guide to the Exponential Revolution by Nick Davis

What does it mean to you to be chosen for the Next Up Columbus award?
Validation of all the hard work and sacrifice my family and I have made throughout my career. Serving others has been my ambition and being recognized for that dedication reinvigorates my passion.

If someone were to ask you what the “pulse” of Columbus is, what would you tell them?
Hope for a brighter tomorrow.


The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus. The Columbus Young Professionals Club would like to offer special thanks to our 2022 co-presenters, Discover Financial, Ohio Dominican University and Spectrum for their support of this year’s awards program. Meet the entire “Class of 2022” »

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