Tom Hargis


Director of Development & Strategic Communications



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Tom joined the ACLU of Texas in May 2013 as Director of Communications, served as Director of Development from November 2016 to February 2020, when he assumed the role of Director of Development & Strategic Communications. He has extensive experience in non-profit fundraising and communications, ranging from public radio, to social services, to higher education, to social justice.

A native Midwesterner, Tom moved to the Houston area in 2010 from Chicago, where he directed marketing and communications for the fundraising and alumni-relations arm of Northwestern University. He much prefers Texas winters.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Tom worked at Texas A&M University as an assistant vice president for communications and public relations, leading PR and awareness-building campaigns for the institution’s research enterprise, especially geared toward legislators and industry. He has also served as the director of promotions and marketing at an NPR member station and as development director at a Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. View his LinkedIn profile.