Uriel Iniguez has announced his resignation from the Commission on Hispanic Affairs effective December 15. He has accepted a new position at the Department of Labor & Industries as Director of Community Outreach.
“Over the past 12 years, Uriel has done remarkable work on behalf of the community as commission director. He helped address crucial disparities that impact health, education, criminal justice, civil rights and economic development. He developed a statewide Spanish radiobroadcasting program, had a major impact in changing the emergency response practices to ensure the Spanish speaking community are informed, and helped transform customer service practices of many state agencies that resulted in increased outreach and services to the Latino community. His impact on the state will be felt for decades to come,” Inslee said. “I am glad that he is staying in state government service and I wish him the very best in his new role at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. “
Iniguez will be replaced by Lisa van der Lugt, who will serve as acting director, while a search for a permanent director is conducted. van der Lugt is currently the manager of state efficiency and environmental performance program at the Department of Enterprise Services.
“Lisa is a dedicated public servant who has worked with different constituencies and stakeholders at every step of her career. She grew up in an activist family that worked tirelessly on issues important to the Hispanic community. I first met her in Yakima, and I know that she understands the needs of all Washingtonians in each corner of this state,” Inslee continued. “Lisa will work hard every day to make our state more inclusive and that the needs of the community are heard and met.”