A five-member independent Lottery Commission serves as the administrative rulemaking authority for Washington's Lottery. The Commission, whose powers are to establish and approve sound operating practices for the agency, maintains public supervision to ensure Washington state citizens' interests are served. Commission members are appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate to serve a six-year term.
As representatives of the various geographic regions of the state, Commission members attend meetings (agendas and minutes) every other month during the year. Commission members also stay in close contact with the Lottery Director to fully participate in major Lottery issues. The members of the Lottery Commission are not Lottery employees and maintain full-time jobs independent of Washington's Lottery.
Rudy Mendoza enlisted in the United States Air Force’s delayed entry program while in high school. After graduating from Kennewick High School in Washington State, he joined the Air Force as an information manager and was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. Rudy was deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center Five in Poggio Renatico, Italy to support NATO’s only operational aerial contingencies for Balkans Operations JOINT FORGE and JOINT GUARDIAN. After his enlistment he joined Hanford Patrol, the protective force contractor responsible for the protection of the Department of Energy's assets at the Hanford Site in Washington State. Rudy began his career with Hanford Patrol as a tactical response team member and served in a variety of positions over 15 years; he decided to leave holding the rank of Captain to pursue a security consulting opportunity. Rudy recently joined Cogent Security and Consulting LLC., where he is subcontracted by Hanford Mission Integration Solutions at the Hanford Site to support the director of program management and analysis, a department of Safeguards and Security.
Rudy holds a master’s degree in public administration with a cognate in disaster management from Liberty University; a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in servant leadership from Gonzaga University; and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in social and criminal justice with a minor in security management from Ashford University. He currently serves as the Chair for the American Society for Industrial Security's Columbia Basin Chapter, Tri-Cities Washington. Rudy earned the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from the American Society for Industrial Security International, which is recognized as the “gold standard” certification for security management professionals.
After college at Johns Hopkins, 3 years in the Army and law school at Fordham, Mr. Finn worked at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington DC and then in the private sector in New York City. He then returned to Washington, DC, and became a partner at the communications law firm of Brown, Finn and Neitert and President of the Home Satellite Television Industry Association where he testified before committees of the United States House and Senate on communications issues.
Mr. Finn moved to Olympia, Washington in 1988 to build a radio station and has been involved in retail and multi-family management and development for the past 25 years. He served three terms on the Griffin School Board and two in the Washington State Legislature. He is a founding Board member of the Washington Business Bank, the Griffin School Foundation and the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club. He also served as President of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has been married to his wife Bonnie for thirty five years and has three children and two grandchildren all of whom live in the Olympia area.
Now retired, Judy Giniger spent almost her entire career in public service in Washington State. Before working in state service, as a new attorney she practiced law with Evergreen Legal Services in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. She has held management and director-level positions at several state agencies including the Lottery, the Department of Licensing, and the Department of Transportation. Ms. Giniger retired from the University of Washington where she managed contracting activities for the UW’s building construction office.
Ms. Giniger has been a board member of the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice) and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. While a member of the Government Lawyers Bar Association, she joined with others to help establish the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic. She currently volunteers her time at the West Seattle Food Bank.
Schuyler has a wide range of experience in government administration, international relations, health care management, educational governance, and not-for-profit leadership. He is a long-time resident of Southwest Washington and very active in the community.
After many years in state service, Schuyler retired in 2022. He served in the Governor’s Office as the Director of International Relations, Chief Protocol Officer, and as a regional liaison in the Inslee and Gregoire Administrations. Prior to this he worked in the health care industry focusing on the delivery of home health care, adaptive technology, and hospice services. In his retirement he works part time or as a volunteer with organizations in developing strategies for effective community engagement.
Schuyler has a long history of volunteer involvement. He served as an elected board member of the Evergreen School District and as a volunteer in the schools. He was involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Clark County Food Bank, and other service organizations. He has also been active in organizations that promote international relations, civic involvement, and community planning.
Schuyler’s personal passion is supporting programs that create opportunities for young Washingtonians. This is why he is so pleased to serve on the Washington State Lottery Commission which invests in Washington’s future by funding student scholarships, educational support programs, and economic development initiatives.
Eileen Sullivan has more than twenty years of experience in public policy and government relations. She is currently the President of Sullivan Advocacy, providing public policy analysis, local and state government advocacy, and public affairs advising. Prior to this, Eileen worked for Amazon where she managed their public policy and civic engagement for their headquarters in Seattle, WA.
Ms. Sullivan previously served as an executive policy advisor to Governors Gary Locke and Mike Lowry; oversaw regulatory affairs for the nation's third largest not-for-profit health care system; spent more than ten years in the corporate sector as a lobbyist for a global pharmaceutical firm; and was staff to regulatory agencies and elected officials. She holds a masters in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Administration, where she was selected for the Governor’s Executive Fellowship program; and has a bachelors of arts in political science from Western Washington University, which she financed by working summers in the fisheries of Alaska.
Ms. Sullivan currently serves on the boards of the Washington Technology Alliance, Washington Technology Industry Association, the Seattle Chamber’s Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy and sea.citi. She previously served on the Foundation Board for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, WithinReach, Gilda’s Club and twice chaired the American Cancer Society’s Seattle Cancer Research Breakfast.