TWC Commissioners

About the Commissioners

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.

Mailing Address:
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E 15th St
Austin, TX 78778-0001

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Ruth R. Hughs – Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers

Photo of Commissioner Ruth R. HughsRuth R. Hughs
Commissioner Representing Employers
2015-Present

 

 

 

 

Ruth Ruggero Hughs serves as the Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to the three-member commission in July 2015. She is dedicated to supporting a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.

In her role as the Commissioner Representing Employers, Chair Hughs is an advocate for the over 550,000 Texas employers and works to connect them with the resources they need to start, grow and expand their businesses. Chair Hughs is proud to sponsor Texas Business Conferences across the state, offering businesses employment law guidance, as well as implementing initiatives for veterans, women entrepreneurs, and people with disabilities.

Prior to her appointment, Chair Hughs was in the private practice of law and was a small business owner. She also previously served in the Texas Attorney General’s office as the Director of Defense Litigation, advising on federal, state and local matters and providing executive oversight of the civil litigation divisions. Chair Hughs was recognized twice as a Rising Star in the legal community by Texas Monthly.

Chair Hughs serves as the chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs. She also serves on the advisory boards for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Texas OnCourse. She is a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, a supporter of Literacy First, and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin. Chair Hughs is also a member of the Hispanic Bar Association, the Travis County Women Lawyers Association, and the Austin Bar Association.

Chair Hughs is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers-Camden School of Law. She is also a UT Center for Public Policy Fellow, and received a Certificate of Leader Development from the U.S. Army War College in 2018.

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Julian Alvarez III – Commissioner Representing Labor

Photo of Commissioner Julian AlvarezJulian 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. 

As Labor Commissioner, Julian Alvarez represents the interests of more than 13 million 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. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson advising 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.

Awards and Recognition

2018 Appointed Official of the Year by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children for his work on behalf of early childhood education.  Appointed by the Texas Secretary of State to the Border Transportation Advisory Committee. 

Commissioner Alvarez previously served on the board for:

  • Teach for America
  • Border Trade Advisory Committee
  • I-69 Alliance
  • RGV Lead
  • Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Texas State Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • UT Pan American President’s Circle.
  • North Harlingen Rotary
  • Collegiate Football Referee, Southland Conference

Commissioner Alvarez earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.

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Vacant - Commissioner Representing the Public

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