Who we are
The Executive Ethics Board staff includes an Executive Director, Administrative Officer and two Investigators. The Board is an independent agency, but the Board’s staff is funded and supported through the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).
Executive Ethics Board
The Washington State Executive Ethics Board was created by chapter 42.52 RCW in 1995 to enforce the state's ethics law and rules adopted under it with respect to statewide elected officers and all other officers and employees in the executive branch, boards and commissions, and institutions of higher education.
The Board is comprised of five members appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. Two of the five members must be current state employees; one an exempt employee and one a classified employee. One of the remaining three members of the Board is selected from names provided by the State Auditor’s Office, one from names provided by the Attorney General’s Office and one is a citizen-at-large. Except for initial members and those completing partial terms, members serve a single five-year term. The members play a crucial role in the policy setting and enforcement of the Ethics Act.
If you are interested in serving on our board, please visit our how to apply to become a board member webpage.
Executive Ethics Board Members
Anna Dudek Ross, Chair
Citizen at Large
Term expires September 30, 2021
Samantha Simmons, Vice Chair
Classified state employee, Department of Social and Health Services
Term expires September 30, 2017
Attorney General nominee
Term expires September 30, 2018
Exempt state employee, Board of Tax Appeals
Term expires September 30, 2020
State Auditor nominee
Term expires September 30, 2019