• J.D., Yale University, 1999; B.A. The University of Texas at Austin, 1996 (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s Distinguished Graduate)

Veronica "Ronnye" Vargas Stidvent is the director of the Center for Politics and Governance. She previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she provided advice and counsel to the Secretary of Labor on the vast array of labor issues that affect the American worker, including immigration reform, worker health and safety, and job training. Her office was responsible for the management and implementation of policy development, regulations, program implementation, compliance assistance strategies, program evaluations, research, budget and performance analysis, and legislation. Prior to her appointment as assistant secretary, Stidvent served in the White House as special assistant to the president for policy, where she helped develop policy on a wide range of issue areas, including labor, education, justice, homeland security, and regulatory reform. Before that, she served as a policy adviser in Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In that position, she provided counsel on federal regulatory policy and coordinated the implementation of new rules with the federal agencies and senior White House official

A native of El Paso, Stidvent received her B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was honored as a Dean's Distinguished Graduate. After earning her law degree at Yale, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Sidney Fitzwater, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She served on the University Texas Commission of 125, a group of citizens convened to express a vision of how the University of Texas can best serve Texas and society during the next 25 years. She was also honored by the National Association of Hispanic Publishers as a Latina Role Model.

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  • Immigration Reform
  • Worker Health and Safety
  • Presidency
  • Presidential Policymaking
  • Federal Regulatory Policy
  • Immigration
  • Labor