Tom joined the ACLU of Texas in May 2013 as Director of Communications, stepping into the role of Director of Development in November 2016. He has extensive experience in non-profit fundraising and communications, ranging from public radio, to social services, to higher education.
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.
Tom’s roots in the Midwest originate in a rural area of Southern Indiana, where he spent his formative years on the banks of the Ohio River, rollicking in the water and working in tobacco fields. After graduating from Indiana University, he stuck around his Breaking Away-college town to serve in a variety of roles, including as director of promotions and marketing at an NPR member station and as development director at a Big Brothers Big Sisters agency.
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. View his LinkedIn profile.