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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). Gov. Rick Perry appointed Alcantar in 2008 and designated him Chairman May 1, 2012. Alcantar was recently reappointed to the Commission for a term to expire on February 1, 2019.
TWC’s mission is to promote and support an effective workforce system that offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. TWC oversees the state’s employment, training, child care, 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 across the state 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.
Ronald G. Congleton
Commissioner Representing Labor
Ronald G. Congleton is Commissioner Representing Labor for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the three-member Commission in October 2003. Governor Perry reappointed him on February 3, 2011. His Commission appointment expires February 1, 2017.
More than 35 years of experience in negotiations and commitment to representing working Texans give Commissioner Congleton a strong background for his role.
Mr. Congleton joined the trucking industry as a driver in 1968 with Consolidated Forwarding then transferred to McLean Trucking in 1970. While with McLean, he became head steward with Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas where he cultivated his leadership skills. Commissioner Congleton remained head steward with Local 745 when he moved to Yellow Freight Systems in 1986, where he also was a registered hazardous material handler. He remained with Yellow Freight Systems until 1997. Mr. Congleton was chosen to be president of the 7,500-member Local 745 in 1997 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2002. Prior to his retirement, he served as the chairman of the Southern Region Grievance Committee for nine southern states and was a member of the National Grievance Committee in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2002.
Before entering his career in trucking and serving Texas' workers, Commissioner Congleton served our nation in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967. As a shipfitter, he served aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Chicago from 1963 to 1965. From 1965 until 1967, he served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise in Southeast Asia.
Honors and Awards
Commissioner Representing Employers
Hope Andrade is the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the three-member Commission in March, 2013. Commissioner Andrade serves as the advocate for more than 460,000 Texas employers. In this role, she ensures employers' interests are considered in all Commission actions.
Prior to her appointment to TWC, Andrade served as Texas' 107th Secretary of State from July 2008 to November 2012. As Secretary of State, Andrade was one of six state officials in the Executive Branch of Texas state government. Named by Governor Rick Perry on July 23, 2008, Andrade was Texas' first Latina Texas Secretary of State. Prior to her appointment as Secretary of State, Andrade served as a Commissioner on the Texas Transportation Commission from 2003 to 2008.
Andrade was an entrepreneur and leader in the San Antonio business community for more than three decades. She has served in multiple leadership roles in San Antonio civic causes, including the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, United Way, the Board of Christus Santa Rosa, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Board of Trustees for Our Lady of the Lake University.
In recognition of her service to Texas, Andrade has received a number of accolades including the San Antonio Business Journal's Leadership Legacy Award, the San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Trefoil Award from the Girl Scouts of America. Additionally, she has been named the Woman of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar and Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.
Andrade resides in San Antonio with her husband of more than 40 years.
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