Chris Liu, Director
Chris Liu has been director of Enterprise Services since June 1, 2013. Prior to that, he was the director of the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, an agency charged with helping under-used businesses to get contracts with state and local agencies and schools.
Prior to that, Liu directed retail services for the state Liquor Control Board. He also headed up the Washington Lottery for five years beginning in April 2005.
Previous to government service, Liu had a 30-year career in corporate executive positions.
He earned a bachelor’s of science in business marketing from the University of Hawaii, his native state. As the son of a military father, Liu has lived in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Spain, and Italy, as well as other parts of the United States. In addition to English, Liu speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.
He is a Navy veteran. He also holds a private pilot's certificate and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.
Lynne McGuire, Deputy Director
Lynne McGuire’s experience across a variety of public programs and the private sector will serve her well as a Deputy Director for Enterprise Services.
Her background covers finance, budgeting, information technology and more. She most recently served as Chief Information Officer for the Office of Financial Management (OFM) where she was responsible for all information technology services.
Prior to this, she served as Senior Budget Assistant to the governor for budget operations, developing enterprise systems and processes for budgeting and performance measures. Lynne has also worked as a management consultant, lending guidance on revamping programs and their operating systems to improve information gathering and performance.
She earned a Governor’s Leadership in Management Award in 2009 while serving with OFM and a previous Distinguished Management Leadership Award in 1988 during her tenure overseeing accounting and budgeting activity for six programs at the Department of General Administration.
She also served as a member of the Olympia Planning Commission from 1995 to 1999. Lynne earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.
Lynne lives in Olympia with her husband and daughter, puttering in the garden whenever possible.
Bob Covington, Deputy Director
Bob Covington is a Certified Public Accountant with 26 years of experience in leadership positions, delivering a broad array of services to state and local government organizations including, financial management, audit, information technology, medical claims processing, facilities management, fleet, printing, consolidated mail, and consulting services. Bob is currently Deputy Director for the state Department of Enterprise Services.
Prior to joining Enterprise Services in April 2014, Bob was Director of Accounting and Financial Services for the Washington State Department of Transportation. He has also served as Chief Information Officer and Payment Integrity Director for Washington State’s Medicaid agency; Financial & Management Consultant with Sterling Associates, LLP; Chief of Accounting Services for the state Department of Social and Health Services; and State Examiner with the Washington State Auditor. Bob also served six years in the Air Force and Washington Air National Guard.