Harvin Moore was elected to the Board of Education in November 2003 and reelected in 2005, 2009, and 2013. He served as board president in 2008.
Moore grew up in Houston’s Briarcroft and River Oaks neighborhoods and attended HISD’s Henry Grady Elementary School. He also attended River Oaks Elementary School and Sidney Lanier Junior High School during their first years as Vanguard schools. Active in scouting, Moore attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1980. After graduating from St. John’s School in 1982, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. A former national bank examiner for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Moore has worked in finance, marketing, and consulting in Houston for the last 20 years. He now serves as senior vice president for finance and operations at Sentinel Satellite, Inc., a Houston aerospace company.
Moore, who began volunteering his time and expertise on behalf of public education in the mid-1980s, has tutored and taught at-risk students in the East Harlem Tutorial Program in New York City and in HISD through Communities in Schools, Junior Achievement, and Kids Hope USA. From 2004 to the present, he has served as a Kids Hope Mentor at River Oaks Elementary School. He has served on the board of directors or advisory boards of Teach for America–Houston, KIPP Academy, the Houston Teachers’ Institute, the Neuhaus Education Center, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Reading Institute for Teacher Excellence, Preschool for ALL, the Texas Lyceum, the HISD Foundation, and the Powell Foundation. Moore has also served as grant director for public education at the Powell Foundation, where he led a six-month research project on reading curricula and teacher training for at-risk elementary students. After that review, he completed teacher training in four of the largest reading methodologies used in HISD. He currently serves on the board of the Texas Education Reform Foundation.
Moore is the publisher of The Transformation Times, an electronic newsletter which provides current news and opinion on educational issues, trends and initiatives. It can be found at www.harvinmoore.com.
Moore and his wife Janet have a eight-year-old son and an thirteen-year-old daughter and are active members of the Church of St. John the Divine, which Moore has attended since he was a child.