From Staff Reports

Officials with Equality Texas this week announced that Collin Acock has been named the organization’s new chief development officer, effective June 1.

Equality Texas CEO Chuck Smith praised Acock’s “outstanding skills and … proven track record in nonprofit management and fundraising,” adding, “He is an excellent communicator who will provide leadership at every level of the organization. We are pleased to welcome him to our growing team.”

Acock said he is “thrilled to join the Equality Texas family” and looks forward to “working hard for our Texas LGBT community to ensure our rights.”

Acock, who has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising, came to Equality Texas from the Texas State Historical Association. As director of development for TSHA, he worked to build strong inter-departmental relationships to better utilize scholarly resources and increase contributions.

Acock previously worked as development director for the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.
Acock received his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. As a playwright and screenwriter, he finds ways to weave storytelling into the fabric of what he does. His professional and community activities include, among many others, serving on both membership and outreach committees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Austin.
Acock lives in Austin with his husband, Shane, and their dog, Jackson.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 10, 2016.