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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). Chairman Alcantar was appointed for a term to expire on February 1, 2019.
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. TWC oversees the state’s employment, training, child care, adult education, and unemployment insurance programs, and delivers these services through Texas Workforce Solutions, a network of 28 Local Workforce Development Boards.
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.
Chairman Alcantar previously served as deputy director of the Governor’s Budget, Planning, and Policy Division, advising the Governor on federal, state, and local issues and providing executive oversight to state boards and commissions. His focus included workforce, economic development, and competitiveness issues. He also served as an adviser to former Governor George W. Bush in the Office of Budget and Planning and was a director for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Chairman Alcantar received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Tech University.
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.
Commissioner Hughs 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. She promotes the expansion of industry-based partnerships that center on best practices to help workers and businesses achieve success.
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.