TAM Team

Alex Freeman
Executive Director









A long-time Austin resident, Alex Freeman began his role on November 26, 2018. Freeman has a Master of Arts in Art Education from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Certificate in Non-Profit Studies from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at The University of Texas at Austin. Since 2012, Freeman has researched how new technologies and processes have impacted teaching and learning in formal and informal learning spaces. Prior to TAM, he served as a Senior Market Research Analyst at the Tambellini Group after serving nearly 6 years at the New Media Consortium in a variety of capacities. At the NMC, Alex served as the Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects where he managed membership services, produced online professional development programs, and was an author and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzed technology uptake across global museums, higher education, K-12 education, and a few other sectors and regions. Prior to the NMC, he was the Education Director at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin and Education Curator at Artpace San Antonio. Additionally, Freeman served as Councilor-at-Large at TAM from 2015-2017. When he's not behind a laptop, he thrives in the outdoors camping, biking, and swimming or writing/photographing live music events and festivals. 


Director of Special Projects


An established professional with three+ decades of leadership and museum experience, Ruth Ann Rugg is well versed in the challenges facing museums today.  In 2016 she assumed the new role of Director of Special Projects at TAM.  In this capacity she will continue to work for TAM on focused initiatives such as the Museums United Phase 2 project, TAM’s partnership with the Summerlee Foundation to advance the sustainability project, and other special programs. Rugg has been on staff of TAM since 2008 and a member of TAM since the early 1980s.  A native Texan, Rugg graduated from Texas Christian University.  Her career includes positions at the Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas.


Administrative Coordinator


Emmy Laursen, a Texas native, is an artist advocate, independent curator, and community organizer living in Austin, TX. She was previously the Associate Director & Curator at Pump Project, an artist-run non-profit that provides exhibition, professional development and studio space to emerging and established artists. Since receiving her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she has worked as a community organizer and fundraising advocate in various fields. Her experience has reinforced her commitment to advocating for programs and space at the intersection of artists and community. During her free time, she volunteers and does work trades for organizations she aligns with.