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Julian Alavarez Appointed to the Board of Directors


Austin, TX — FIRST in Texas, a leading nonprofit organization that serves over 30,000 K-12 students across 254 counties, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Alvarez III to its Board of Directors.

Julian Alvarez III brings a wealth of experience in public service and business development to the organization. He recently completed his term as Commissioner Representing Labor at the Texas Workforce Commission, where he was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott on March 7, 2017. His Commission appointment expired on February 1, 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Alvarez to our board. His extensive background in both public service and business will be invaluable as we continue to inspire and safeguard the future of our youth through FIRST Robotics programs,” said Jason Arms, Executive Director of FIRST in Texas.

Currently, Mr. Alvarez holds the position of Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development at Lonestar National Bank. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the Bank’s business development activities and is responsible for identifying profitable business opportunities and long-term growth strategies.

Previously, Mr. Alvarez has served in various key roles, including as the President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership and the Texas Regional Director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. He has also worked as a State Trooper on the South Texas Drug Task Force for the Texas Department of Public Safety and as the Director of College Information for Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.

Mr. Alvarez has a longstanding commitment to serving the interests of the Texas community and has represented the needs of over 14 million Texas workers during his tenure at the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Board of Directors and the entire FIRST in Texas community look forward to benefiting from Mr. Alvarez’s rich experience as we work towards inspiring the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.