Tom Alexander, the new COO of 1871

Tom Alexander, the new COO of 1871, a hub for technology startups. (January 7, 2014)


Tom Alexander, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s deputy communications director, has been named chief operating officer of 1871, the city’s hub for technology startups.

Alexander will report to 1871’s new chief executive Howard Tullman.

Prior to joining the mayor’s office in 2011, Alexander worked in communications at the University of Chicago and on policy at the Illinois governor’s office. Earlier in his career he reported on Midwest technology news and ran a sports news startup.

Tullman said in an interview that he will continue to add support staff as needed to transform 1871 from a hub and gathering place into a bona fide business accelerator. | Twitter @chiconfidential