TWC Welcomes New Executive Director Ed Serna

Date: August 27, 2019

Media Contact: Cisco Gamez
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is pleased to announce that Edward (Ed) Serna has been appointed as the new executive director, effective immediately. Mr. Serna has dedicated over three decades to public service and to helping people. He previously served as interim executive director for TWC since January 2019 and as deputy director of TWC from 2014 to January 2019. He succeeds Larry Temple who passed away in January 2019.

“I am honored to be selected to lead our dedicated team at TWC,” said newly appointed Executive Director Ed Serna. “I would like to thank the Commissioners for offering me this opportunity to continue serving and working for an agency that changes lives every day. I believe in encouraging, supporting and helping develop strong support for those in need. I am dedicated to maintaining and strengthening our partnerships and collaborations that TWC has already established.” 

“On behalf of the TWC and the Texas Workforce Solutions family, we warmly congratulate Executive Director Ed Serna on his new position,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “Executive Director Serna’s background uniquely positions him to assume this position. He has a proven track record of service to the state of Texas and he brings with him an unrivaled wealth of knowledge and expertise. He will be a great asset.”

In this role, Ed Serna will provide guidance on day-to-day operations of the agency, including implementation of initiatives and programs set by the commission.

“Choosing TWC’s new executive director is one of the most important decisions we as Commissioners could make,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I think we chose wisely. Ed Serna has a strong vision for TWC’s future endeavors. I offer him my full support. He is the best leader to take us forward to explore further innovative workforce development strategies that will keep Texas ahead of the nation. Congratulations Ed.”

Serna joined TWC in 2014 with over 29 years of experience in Texas state government. Prior to joining TWC, he served as the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. He has held executive level positions at five other state agencies, ranging from chief operating officer, assistant executive director and executive director. Ed earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.

“It is my pleasure to welcome and congratulate Ed Serna as the new Executive Director of TWC,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Mr. Serna possesses the right combination of skills and experience and brings a wealth of leadership experience to our team. I look forward to working alongside him to promote our world-class workforce system that benefits all Texans.”  

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