Tara Trower, MSJ

Tara Trower, MSJ

Tara Trower serves as CommUnityCare’s Chief Strategy Officer. As CSO, Trower is responsible for leading and advancing strategic initiatives and planning efforts, overseeing community engagement and communications, expanding the development and philanthropy footprint, and continuing to foster strong relationships with community partners. 

Prior to joining CUC in 2021, Trower served as chief of staff to the senior vice president and CFO at The University of Texas at Austin, advising and leading strategic initiatives for a 2,400-person portfolio, including campus safety and security, finances, information, human resources, development, real estate, construction utilities and administrative services. She also served as one of the university’s primary contacts on local governmental affairs issues where the university’s interests intersected with the City of Austin and Travis County, especially on COVID-19 response, transportation, sustainability, development issues and community relationships in East Austin and West Campus. 

Trower spent more than 18 years in the Austin community as a journalist and professional communicator, holding a number of roles at the Austin American-Statesman, most notably as the Senior Editor for Opinion and Commentary (Viewpoints) and in University Communications at UT Austin. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Huston Tillotson University and UT Austin. 

Her community involvement includes serving as vice chair of the KUT Advisory Board. She was a member of the 2019 McBee Fellow class with the Austin Area Research Organization.  

Trower received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University.