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Meet the Board and Director
Jane Rushford, Board Chair
Jane Rushford, of Olympia, was appointed in January 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served for over 30 years in state government, recently retiring as the Deputy Director of the Department of Enterprise Services (DES). In addition to her time at DES she served in several executive posts at the departments of General Administration and Natural Resources. Jane also held positions at the state House of Representatives, the former Department of Personnel and the Washington State Library.
Jane maintains a commitment to community, having served on The Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors, nominating committee for the Pacific Peaks Girl Scout Council and Girl Scouts of Western Washington in addition to other non-profit boards and programs.
Ruthann Kurose, Board Member
Ruthann Kurose, of Mercer Island, was appointed to the Board in January 2007. She serves on the KCTS Public Television Advisory Board, the Seattle Art Museum Community Advisory Board, and the Wing Luke Museum Capital Campaign Committee. She has served as chair of the Bellevue Community College Board of Trustees for 15 years.
Kurose has a long history of public service working on congressional legislative policy in Washington D.C., and on economic development policy in the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.
Russ Hauge, Board Member
Russ Hauge, of Kitsap County, was appointed to the Board in February 2015. Prior to joining the Board he spent 33 years as a practicing lawyer. In his early career, he worked ten years in a small Port Orchard law firm representing individuals and businesses. He was first elected Kitsap County’s Prosecuting Attorney in 1994 and held that position until Dec. 31, 2014.
As Kitsap County’s prosecutor, Russ was a member of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA). He has served as WAPA’s President, chair of its Legislative Committee, and as its representative on the State Sentencing Guidelines Commission, the Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission, the Sex Offender Policy Board, and the Washington Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice.
Rick Garza, Director
Rick Garza has been with the Liquor Cannabis Board since 1997. During Rick’s career with WSLCB he has also held the positions of Legislative and Tribal Liaison, Policy Director and Deputy Director. Prior to joining the Liquor and Cannabis Board, Rick served 13 years as a staff member for the Washington State Legislature, including five years with the Washington State Senate and eight years with the state House. His legislative assignments included Policy Analyst in the state Senate, House of Representatives Staff Director, and adviser to House and Senate leadership.