Andres Alcantar serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the state chamber of commerce. In this role, he oversees TAB’s team of highly skilled professionals responsible for policy, advocacy, membership, marketing, administration, communications and chamber relations in support of Texas business.
Andres Alcantar previously served as Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Rick Perry appointed Alcantar in 2008 and designated him Chairman May 1, 2012 where he helped build and lead the premier workforce development system in the country for almost a decade.
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 worked 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 promoted the expansion of industry-based partnerships across the state that center on best practices to help workers and businesses achieve success.
Alcantar previously served as deputy director of Governor Rick Perry’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 advisor 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.