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Elisa Hand


Elisa Hand is the Director of the Property Tax Division for the Tarrant County Tax Office, a position she has held since October 2015.

Hand has over 30 years of executive leadership experience.  Prior to joining Tarrant County, she had been the Chief Human Relations Officer with the Harris County Appraisal District where she was responsible for leading the  Human Resources Division in developing and executing human resources strategy, as well as providing leadership in succession planning, talent management, organizational and performance management and change management. She was the Director of Tax Collections for Harris County Tax Office from 2007 to 2011, and previously had been tax assessor-collector for several Harris County school districts. 

Hand received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  She has earned designations as a Registered Tax Assessor/Collector, Registered Professional Appraiser, Certified Tax Administrator, and Professional County Collector.  She is a graduate of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts’ Chief Appraiser Institute.  She is an active member of several industry organizations and is committed to promoting professionalism and improving education in her field.  She is a past president of the Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO) and the Texas School Assessors Association (TSAA), a past chairperson of the Institute of Certified Tax Administrators (ICTA), administrator of the Property Tax Education Coalition, Inc., and has served as the Region 6 Director for TAAO.  She has been chairperson of both the TAAO’s Education Committee and Instructor Relations. She is a mentor instructor, and has served on the Examination Review Committee for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. 

Hand has received a number of awards, including the TAAO Instructor of the Year award, the Houston CPA Society Excellent Service Award, the TAAO Executive Director’s Appreciation Award and the prestigious Marillyn Albert Achievement Award – TAAO’s highest honor. Most recently, she was a recipient of TAAO’s Presidents Award.

She has written articles for TAAO’s TAN magazine and has written educational material for the Property Tax Education Coalition. 

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