TAM Team

Alex Freeman
Executive Director

An Austin resident, Alex Freeman began his role on November 26, 2018. He has recently been working as a Senior Analyst and Director of Member Engagement for the Tambellini Group.

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.

Alex Freeman served as New Media Consortium’s Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects. At the NMC, Alex 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.



Ruth Ann Rugg
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.