TWC Welcomes Newly Appointed Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas

Date: Oct. 17, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is pleased to welcome its new Commissioner Representing the Public, Robert D. Thomas of Austin. Commissioner Thomas joins the three-member Commission and will serve as the representative for the public promoting and supporting the growth of Texas’ world-class employers and talented workforce that will continue to lead the Texas economy toward a promising future.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Texas in this capacity,” said TWC Commissioner Thomas. “I look forward to working with Chair Ruth R. Hughs and Commissioner Julian Alvarez, along with our many partners and stakeholders, to continue promoting the innovative workforce and economic development strategies that make Texas the best place to work and do business.”

Commissioner Thomas serves along with fellow Commissioners Ruth R. Hughs, TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers and Julian Alvarez, TWC Commissioner Representing Labor. Together, the commissioners promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Commissioner Thomas to TWC and the Texas Workforce Solutions network,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “His skills and expertise will certainly be a benefit to the state of Texas and I look forward to serving alongside him to address the workforce needs of our state.”

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Thomas served as principal of the Thomas Consulting Group. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Entrepreneur Organization – Austin Chapter.

In addition to his work in the private sector, Thomas is also a gubernatorial appointee and Chair of the Texas Facilities Commission and former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Additionally, he is a member of the Austin Community College Bond Oversight Committee and the Downtown Austin Vision Steering Committee, former member of the Travis County Civil and Family Courts Committee, and former board member of the African American Cultural Heritage District.

“Commissioner Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The public of our great state will benefit from his expertise and the high standards set by his office and staff.”

Thomas is a graduate of Loyola University, The University of Texas School of Law, and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

For information and resources available to the Texas public, visit the web page of the TWC Commissioner Representing the Public on the TWC website.


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