Washington Employee Ownership Program (EOP) Commission

The Commission operates as an Advisory Board to the Washington Employee Ownership Program (EOP). Meeting quarterly, the commission will offer input and recommendations to the Program Manager. This will ensure the program receives broad support from the business community, experts, the public, and other stakeholders. The commission will use the Racial Equity Framework as a guiding principle and the Governor has ultimate authority over any policy decisions.

Governor Jay Inslee retains ultimate authority over policy decisions.

Commission Members

The commission is composed of a diverse group of individuals who will be tasked with offering input and recommendations to the Program Manager to guide EOP initiatives. Members include:

  • Four members of the legislature
    • One Republican and one Democrat from each house
  • Five people from the private sector
    • Two from employee ownership businesses
    • One from a business association
    • One private-sector economic development expert
    • One from a financial institution with employee ownership transition experience
  • Two from the public sector
    • One public-sector economic development expert
    • One from the Department of Commerce

Read the EOP Commission Member Bios (Word) to learn more about the current board.

Commission Meetings

The commission has four regular meetings a year. At these meetings, members receive updates on program activities and provide input and recommendations to the Program Manager.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend these meetings, and there will be opportunities for public comment throughout. Meeting locations and times will be announced in advance.

WA EOP Commission Meeting Materials (on Box) will be made available.

  • July 22nd, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT
  • September 10th, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT
  • November 5th, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT

Meeting attendance

Interested in attending a commission meeting? While the meeting is open to the public, participation during the meeting is limited to appointed members of the Council and those presenting. If you wish to attend, please email WAEOP@commerce.wa.gov with your name, contact information and reason for your interest.


Lorena Lowell, Program Manager