American Heart Association Announces New Executive Director

AUSTIN, TX — The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Capital Area division is pleased to announce that Drew Thomas has been named its new executive director. Thomas has been an effective fundraiser and champion for health equity since joining the AHA in January 2020 as the Regional Senior Director of Heart Challenge in Austin.

New Executive Director Drew Thomas

“We are thrilled to have Drew taking over as the Executive Director in Austin,” said Sara Harwood, Senior Vice President of the Texas and Arkansas Metro Markets of the American Heart

Association. “Throughout his two years with the Association, Drew has been an integral part of the growth AHA has experienced in Central Texas. His passion for the mission is evident in all he does and drives him as a changemaker in Central Texas. I am certain the American Heart Association will continue to thrive under his leadership as we continue to focus on ensuring that all Central Texans lead longer, healthier lives.”

Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Thomas worked in the Development Office at his alma mater, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) following a highly decorated collegiate football career.

Thomas is very active in the local community, currently siting on the Board of the 100 Black Men of Austin and as a Board Member at the Travis County Dispute Resolution Center. Drew and his wife Rebecca live in Round Rock with their dog Petey and enjoy going on hikes, exploring the local food options and occasional Saturday pickleball outing in their free time.


About American Heart Association
American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in communities across America. These diseases devastate millions of Americans of all ages and cause nearly 950,000 deaths each year. To prevent, treat and defeat these diseases, the association funds breakthrough research, educates the public and health professionals, and advocates for healthier communities. More information:

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