Tom is currently serving as a political appointee in the Biden-Harris Administration, as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to his appointment, he worked at the National Council for Behavioral Health as both Vice President of Practice Improvement and Senior Advisor on Addiction and Recovery. Tom also served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, both as Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Senior Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Tom has also held senior positions at Altarum Institute and Faces & Voices of Recovery.
Tom identifies as a gay man in long-term recovery from addiction. As a pioneer of the recovery advocacy movement, Tom’s commitment to helping individuals, families, and communities get better has been demonstrated through his efforts to advance recovery-oriented systems of care that include a full continuum of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and peer recovery services. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and his Masters in Social Work in community organizing from Hunter College at the City University of New York.
Tom has served on numerous boards of directors, advisory boards, committees, and task forces – both on grassroots and national levels. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse and the America Honors Recovery 2020 William L. White Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.