Issue Areas:

Higher Education


University of Texas at Austin – B.A. in Philosophy and Government, 2018 Bill Archer Fellow

Renzo Soto

Policy Advisor


Renzo manages the work of Texas 2036 in higher education and workforce issues. He joined Texas 2036 in August 2021. He has since provided guidance on the implementation of higher education and workforce legislation passed in the 2021 Legislative Session, including community college finance reform and the establishment of the state’s first-ever workforce development strategic plan by the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative. He is also involved in improving state data infrastructures to ensure that Texas and its education and workforce institutions are ready for the rapidly-evolving, modern economy.

Prior Work Experience

Prior to joining Texas 2036, Renzo was a staff member in the Texas House of Representatives. He began as a Legislative Aide for Representative Armando Walle in 2017, and after a brief stint in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., he returned to the Texas House to serve as Legislative Director for Representative Donna Howard. Renzo covered a variety of issues with a focus on the state budget, education, and healthcare.