Lisa van der Lugt


Executive Director

Lisa van der Lugt was appointed by Governor Inslee as Executive Director at the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs in April 2017. The Commission is a statewide organization whose mission is to improve public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community. She has deep roots as a Latina and familial ties to the Latino community of Washington. She was raised in Grandview, located in the Yakima Valley and knows the value and importance of serving our limited English proficiency (LEP) communities and ensuring their rights are protected. She has an extensive understanding of both the private and public sector, having spent over 25 years dedicated to public service and in private sector executive management. She began her state service and work to advocate for our community as Chief of Staff for Congressman Jay Inslee in 1990. She would later continue her executive work as the Chief of Staff to Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She returned to working for Governor Inslee leading his Performance and Regulatory Processes Transition Advisory Committee and then as his Special Assistant.

Lisa serves on the Washington State Business Diversity Subcabinet for Governor Inslee, the Washington State Adult Education Advisory Council, the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and is an advisor to the Latino Leadership Network for Washington state employees. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Olympia's Culturally Integrated Education for Latinos Organization (CIELO).