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Three full-time commissioners are appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) by the Governor, one each representing employers, labor, and the public. Together, they oversee the functioning of TWC and develop agency policy.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E 15th St
Austin, TX 78778-0001
Andres Alcantar - Chairman
Commissioner Representing the Public
Andres Alcantar is Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). TWC’s mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.
Chairman Alcantar works to implement customized services to meet the needs of Texas’ vast array of industries and advance the development of a strong and competitive workforce. He promotes the expansion of industry-based partnerships that center on best practices to help workers and businesses achieve success. He encourages strategies that prepare students for postsecondary success at work or in the classroom, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives as a key component of future workforce competitiveness.
Ruth R. Hughs
Commissioner Representing Employers
Ruth Ruggero Hughs is the Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her to the three-member commission in July 2015. Her term as commissioner expires on Feb. 1, 2021.
As the Commissioner Representing Employers, Commissioner Hughs serves as an advocate for the nearly 500,000 Texas Employers and her office provides a variety of resources including training and assistance with workplace concerns.
Prior to her appointment, Hughs served in the private practice of law and was also a small business owner. Prior to her work in the private sector, Hughs served in the Texas Attorney General’s Office as the director of defense litigation, assisting in the management of the 11 civil litigation divisions.
Commissioner Hughs was recognized twice as a Rising Star in the legal community by Texas Monthly and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers Law School.
Julian Alvarez III
Commissioner Representing Labor
2016 - Present
Julian Alvarez III is the Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him to the three-member Commission on March 7, 2017. His Commission appointment expires February 1, 2023.
The Commissioner Representing Labor represents the interest of Texas workers with respect to TWC services and ensures that their concerns are considered in all Commission actions.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Alvarez served as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership fostering relationships and coordinating programs to advance regional economic development and employment opportunities. He also served as a Texas regional director for the U.S. Senate and advised on legislative and policy issues related to South Texas. Prior to that, Alvarez served on the South Texas Drug Task Force as a state trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). After his service with DPS, Alvarez inspired stewardship and leadership as the director of college information for Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
Commissioner Alvarez has served on the following boards:
Commissioner Alvarez earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He also enjoys refereeing collegiate football in the Southland Conference.