CARSON CITY, NV December 11, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Victoria Gonzalez as Executive Director of the Department of Sentencing Policy where she will be tasked with overseeing and addressing dynamic issues related to the sentencing of offenders in Nevada – a key component of criminal justice reform in our state.
“Victoria has a shown a deep commitment to sentencing reform in Nevada, and her recent experience in the Legislative Counsel Bureau gives her a unique understanding of the challenges that must be overcome in addressing this important issue,” Governor Sisolak said. “Victoria worked closely with legislators and other stakeholders to draft legislation related to the criminal justice system, and I have full confidence that her expertise will prove invaluable as she takes on this new role.”
Gonzalez has spent the last three years working directly for the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s (LCB) Legal Division as Deputy Legislative Counsel. While in that role, she staffed the Assembly Education Committee during the 2019 Legislative Session and served as co-counsel for the Advisory Committee for the Administration of Justice and the Nevada Sentencing Commission during the 2017-2018 Interim. She also served on the Subcommittees on Criminal Justice Information Sharing, Pre-Trial and Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System, and Release from Incarceration and Supervision in the Criminal Justice System. In these roles, she honed her knowledge of criminal law and procedure and gain valuable experience working with elected officials, the public, and criminal justice stakeholders. Gonzalez also had extensive experience drafting bills for the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees related to sentencing and criminal justice in the last two legislative sessions.
Prior to joining the LCB, Gonzalez taught 7th grade English for three years, served as a page in the Wisconsin State Senate, and worked in various criminal justice roles while attending law school.
Gonzalez received her B.A. in English from the University of Utah in 2004, a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2012, and an M.A. in Education from National University in San Diego, CA in 2014. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada and Wisconsin.