Bee Moorhead has been Executive Director of Texas Impact and its sister organization, the Texas Impact Foundation, since 2000. Under Bee’s leadership, Texas Impact and the Texas Impact Foundation are among the most respected interfaith networks in the country. Texas Impact regularly mobilizes tens of thousands of Texans from across a spectrum of faith traditions to advocate for policies that support vulnerable people, local communities, and a livable planet. The Texas Impact Foundation produces timely policy research and analysis, and delivers innovative policy and advocacy education through publications, events, and extensive online multimedia offerings.
Bee’s policy expertise includes a wide range of issues including health and human services, climate, migration, public budgets, and civic engagement. She has served on numerous state agency working groups and task forces on topics ranging from nursing homes to hurricane response. She is a credentialed observer to the United Nations climate policy negotiations process; in that capacity, she has attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s annual Conference of the Parties every year since 2015. She is a registered lobbyist with the State of Texas. Her government experience includes 8 years as a senior fiscal policy analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Bee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She has completed coursework at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a trained Mentor for former Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.
Since 2012, Bee has been an adjunct faculty member at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she co-leads a senior-level course in Faith and Public Policy. She also has taught a version of this curriculum as a required government course for undergraduates. Through her leadership, Texas Impact partners with seminaries and universities throughout Texas to offer internships and other learning opportunities to Texas higher education students. She is a sought-after lecturer and presenter at conferences, religious gatherings, and in a variety of educational settings. Her writing has appeared in major Texas newspapers and denominational publications.
An ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Bee currently serves on the Session of University Presbyterian Church in Austin, where she has been a member since 1983. She is a leader in her neighborhood association and serves as a poll worker for Travis County. She serves as the trustee of her family’s historic farm, Locust Grove, in Meigs County, Ohio, and serves on the board of the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund.
Bee is married to Robert Moorhead, a longtime staff member for the PBS series Austin City Limits, the longest-running music program in television history. The Moorheads have three grown children and one grandchild.