Housing and Community Development Department

About the Director

Tom McCaslandTom McCasland has over 10 years of progressive policy and general counsel experience with governmental entities and various campaigns, including the Bayou Greenways 2020 project and former mayor Bill White’s gubernatorial campaign, promoting improved quality of life for communities in need. He has spent much of his career working towards the development of safe, livable and walkable neighborhoods with a combined focus on quality of life and fiscal responsibility. McCasland received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Yale Law School, and also holds a master’s degree from Baylor University and bachelor’s degree from Hobe Sound Bible College.

Prior to joining the City’s Housing and Community Development Department, McCasland served as Chief Executive Officer of the Harris County Housing Authority, where he led turnaround efforts for the department. Under his leadership, annual operating expenses were reduced and resources were redirected to assisting extremely low-income working families and fighting veterans’ and children’s homelessness.

It is this experience and proven track record of eliminating waste and inefficiency and commitment to transparency that prompted Mayor Turner to appoint McCasland as HCDD’s interim director. In this position he will lend his expertise to the continuation of HCDD’s annual administration of over $100 million in various federal, state and local programs. His commitment to veterans’ and children’s homelessness and sensitivity to the issues the department regularly encounters make him the ideal person to continue leading the charge.