David Postman, Board Chair
David Postman, of Olympia, was appointed as Board Chair effective March 15, 2021. Prior to his appointment, David served as Gov. Inslee’s chief of staff from Dec. 2015 until Nov. 15, 2020. He served in the Inslee administration since the governor took office in 2013, first serving as his executive director of communications.
Before joining the Inslee administration, David served as a senior director at Vulcan Inc., the company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. David has a 26-year career as an award-winning journalist in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, including 14 years working as a political reporter for The Seattle Times.
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.
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. Most recently, Russ served as a senior policy advisor at the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments and has been appointed to serve as the chair of Washington’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
Rick Garza, Director
Rick is the Agency Director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) and has been with the agency since 1997. During his career with the WSLCB he has also held the positions of legislative and tribal liaison, policy director and deputy director.
Prior to joining the WSLCB, 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.
Rick is a past president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) and presided during 2012-13. In 2016, he was inducted into the NCSLA Hall of Fame.