A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) in 2013. Under Beeson’s leadership, CPPP has deepened its commitment to racial and ethnic equity, expanded its research and advocacy at the local level, and strengthened its state legislative advocacy.
Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining CPPP, she launched an initiative to bring artists and creative leaders into the center of social justice strategies. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities.
She grew up in Dallas, TX, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.