Housing and Community Development Department

About the Director

Tom McCaslandPrior to working for the City of Houston, Director McCasland served as the CEO of Harris County Housing Authority. In this role he implemented policies to ensure transparency and public accountability, and resolved multiple federal investigations related to waste, fraud and abuse that preceded his tenure. His efforts ultimately guided the housing authority back from the brink of bankruptcy, reducing operating expenses by nearly 50 percent, improving services to clients, and increasing salaries for the housing authority’s lowest paid employees. In order to maximize the benefit of limited taxpayer dollars, he prioritized affordable housing funds for Harris County’s neediest residents such as homeless schoolchildren, homeless veterans and seniors living in poverty.

He also worked with the Houston Parks Board on successful legislation, funding mechanisms and grant applications related to a $500 million expansion of linear parks and trails along Harris County’s 10 major bayous. He previously served as the director of research for the gubernatorial campaign of former Houston Mayor Bill White and provided general counsel services to local government entities while practicing law at Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Director McCasland received his bachelor’s degree from Hobe Sound Bible College, a master’s degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Yale Law School. He is an avid cyclist, runner, and public transit rider.