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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.
Ollie Garrett, Board Member
Ollie A. Garrett, of Kirkland, was appointed to the Liquor and Cannabis Board effective August 15, 2016. She is president and CEO of PMT Solutions, a Bellevue-based collection company that provides comprehensive check collection and receivable management services for businesses.
Garrett is serving her fifth term as president of Tabor 100, an association working to further economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. Garrett is an at-large appointee of the King County Civil Rights Commission, co-chair of the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises and an appointed board member of the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board, the Employment Security Advisory Board and the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority. She is also a member of the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board.
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.