Ruth Ruggero Hughs is the Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission. Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to the three-member commission in July 2015.
Chair Hughs 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, Hughs serves as an advocate for the over 550,000 Texas employers. Her office provides a variety of resources including training and assistance with workplace hiring, managing and recruiting matters. She is devoted to supporting the economic development and education that helps advance the skilled workforce that Texas demands.
She 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.
She also serves as the chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs, which identifies issues impacting the state’s changing demographics. In 2018, she received a Certificate in Leader Development at the U.S. Army War College’s National Security Seminar.
Prior to her appointment at TWC, Hughs served in the private practice of law and was also 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 for the civil litigation divisions.