Aaron Demerson Spotlight

By NFBPA Connect posted 10-09-2019 08:59 AM


Aaron Demerson serves as the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission. Governor Greg Abbott appointed him to the three-member Commission on August 20, 2019.
In his role, Commissioner Demerson serves as an advocate for over 555,000 Texas employers and over 2.6 million small businesses. Commissioner Demerson’s team is devoted to serving as the first line of resources for all Texas employers. His office provides a variety of tools including employment law conferences and an employer hotline to help businesses start, grow and thrive in Texas. Demerson is also devoted to supporting the economic development and education that helps advance the skilled workforce that Texas demands. See Aaron's full bio here. 

How did you become interested in being a public servant?
I started my career in the private sector (banking) and was introduced to the world of the public sector and public service as an employee of a new state agency called The Texas Department of Commerce.  This allowed me to utilize private sector experience within the public sector to create positive economic development impacts at the local and state level.

What is your professional background?
I have experience in both the private and public sector and the workforce and economic development space.

How did you first get involved with the NFBPA?
I was invited to several NFBPA events that were being held by the local chapter here in Central Texas (Austin).  I quickly started the process of becoming a member after attending/participating in the events.   

What does a typical day look like for you?
I am not sure there are typical days😊…however a day could consist of scheduled briefing from various departments within the agency, meetings with office staff, meeting with stakeholder organizations, scheduled conference calls, preparation for Commissioner and Docket meetings, actual Commissioner and Docket meetings, and scheduled presentations/remarks/check signings to and for organizations.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the Public Administration profession?
The ability to keep pace with the increasing demands and expectations at the city, county, state and federal levels.

What are you looking forward to most in the next 5 to 10 years?
I am looking forward to seeing and enjoying the progress that has been made as a result of the efforts invested 5 to 10 to 15 years ago.

What is the most rewarding thing about your work?
The ability to truly make a difference in the lives of others in so many ways

What do you do when you're not working?
I am a runner so….running, some form of physical exercising, movies (I love old classics), reading and eating out on Saturday and Sunday.

What's your favorite tip for someone in the industry?
Work hard and smart (includes properly networking) and make sure it’s something you enjoy doing.

Anything else you'd like us to know?
Past recipient of the NFBPA Central Texas Chapter Excellence Award
Named a Top 10 Economic Developer by Southern Business & Development Magazine