September 26, 2022

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Inslee names Lekha Fernandes director of the Workplace of Minority and Ladies’s Enterprise Enterprises

Inslee names Lekha Fernandes director of the Workplace of Minority and Ladies’s Enterprise Enterprises

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Gov. Jay Inslee introduced right this moment the appointment of Lekha Fernandes, director of the Workplace of Minority and Ladies’s Enterprise Enterprises (OMWBE). Fernandes will change Lisa van der Lugt who had been the director since 2018.

OMWBE is liable for progressing statewide efforts to extend entry, take away boundaries, and promote accountability for the inclusion of minority- and women-owned companies in public spending alternatives. The Minority and Ladies’s Enterprise Enterprise program features a complete certification course of, small enterprise growth help companies, in addition to compliance, accountability, reporting, and help to public businesses in assembly their numerous spending objectives. The company leads the Governor’s Subcabinet on Enterprise Range and works with state businesses and establishments of upper schooling to advertise equitable and inclusive buying practices. OMWBE additionally works with small companies owned by folks of coloration and ladies, and veterans to acquire extra authorities contracts.

Fernandes has in depth expertise main excessive performing groups, conducting authorized evaluation, managing grants and contracts, and overseeing efficiency and finances applications. Previous to this appointment, Fernandes was the Southwest coastal regional director with the Employment Safety Division. She led oversight of the company and WorkSource applications. Previous to her time at ESD, Fernandes owned and operated a enterprise managing workforce growth grants as a subcontractor to the state of Michigan.

“Lekha’s management, skilled expertise and background will make her a wonderful director to the OMWBE. Her customer-focused strategy will serve our businesses and small companies nicely,” Inslee stated. “OMWBE is instrumental in serving to small companies owned by folks of coloration and ladies and state businesses associate collectively and supply inclusive, equitable enterprise alternatives. We’re grateful for Lisa’s management with OMWBE since 2018, and we all know Lekha will construct on the good work occurring all through the state. I’d additionally wish to thank Sarah Erdmann who has been serving because the appearing director.”

“I’m so excited to be part of the mission and imaginative and prescient of OMWBE as we create equitable techniques for small companies owned by folks of coloration, girls, and veterans to take part in authorities contracts,” stated Fernandes. “I’m grateful for the unbelievable work already achieved and am inspired with the place we’ll go as an company and a state.”

Lekha holds a juris physician diploma from Lewis & Clark School, Northwestern Faculty of Legislation and a grasp’s diploma in enterprise administration from Willamette College. 

Fernandes’ appointment goes into impact Sept. 12.

Inslee names Lekha Fernandes director of the Workplace of Minority and Ladies’s Enterprise Enterprises

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