PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Appoints Carlos Lugo as Department Ombuds
August 19, 2016
OLYMPIA — The Department of Corrections (DOC) announced today the appointment of Carlos Lugo to the agency’s newly created Ombuds position within the agency’s Executive Policy Office.
As Ombuds, Lugo will act as a resource for families and inmates by providing impartial assistance and serving as an advocate for fairness, looking into and attempting to resolve allegations of non-compliance of DOC policies and state law, and recommending changes in policies, procedures, and statutes if systemic problems are identified.
“We know that supportive families and strong pro-social connections result in stronger reentry efforts back into the community,” said Lugo. “I look forward to listening and working with our incarcerated population and their families to collaborate and serve as a problem solver for this vital connection.”
Lugo has an extensive background in building coalitions and working with diverse stakeholder groups at local, state, and national levels. Prior to his appointment as Ombuds, Lugo was in a project position as DOC’s Principal Analyst on Hispanic Affairs and led two research projects centered on how the Department could increase its recruitment of Latino employees and how it could increase visitation access.
Before coming to Corrections, Lugo worked as a senior staffer on various political campaigns and specialized in outreach and voter mobilization. He also served as a legislative assistant to then-Congressman Howard Berman where he provided vote and policy recommendations on numerous legislative areas such as health care and women and children’s issues.
Lugo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Brandeis University and a Master’s in International Affairs from the American University of Paris.