Tommy Ricks

Community Support Director

Tommy leads technical assistance efforts in Alabama, working with partners to deliver water and wastewater infrastructure solutions.

Tommy Ricks has dedicated his professional career to helping small communities navigate critical water infrastructure project development, providing capacity building technical assistance and training, and local strategic asset-based community economic development.

Mr. Ricks served his country and his state as a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard for 10 years primarily in the role as an Accounting Specialist before his honorable discharge. He began his career serving communities in 1989 working for a regional water utility in Central Mississippi. After earning his certified water operator’s license and working as an operator for several years, he accepted a position as the business manager for Copiah Water Association where he served in that capacity until joining the Southern Rural Community Assistance Program in 1997 through his employment with Community Resource Group. Mr. Ricks worked with this organization and its successor Communities Unlimited for 27 years before retiring as its Senior Director of Community Environmental Services and Rural Housing.

In addition to serving communities in his professional employment, Mr. Ricks has provided a lifetime of volunteer support to nonprofit organizations including long time service to local youth sports organizations, 4-H Field & Stream shooting sports, Boy Scouts of America, and currently to a nonprofit in Huntsville providing transitional housing for families escaping homelessness. He also serves as a charter board member of the Chautauqua Arts Foundation.

Mr. Ricks is proud to now call Huntsville, AL his home and is excited to return to his “roots” by shifting from program management to working on the ground working alongside other organizations providing similar vital assistance and training. Ricks received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and is nearing the completion of his Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA.