Alvarez chosen for TWC post

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Julian Alvarez of Harlingen to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Alvarez previously served as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, fostering relationships and coordinating programs to advance the regional economic development.

His term on the Workforce Commission is set to expire on Feb. 1, 2017.

The Texas Workforce Commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

Alvarez also served as a Texas regional director for the U.S. Senate. He has served as a Texas Department of Public Safety state trooper and worked for Texas State Technical College as the director of college information.

He has served as a member for various boards including the Border Trade Alliance, the I-69 Alliance, Transportation Advocates of Texas and RGV Lead.

He currently is a board member for Teach for America and Texas Association of Sports Officials. Alvarez earned a bachelor of science in secondary education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.