Sacramento, CA — The Executive Officer of the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), Julie Nauman, will retire at the end of December, following 38 years of distinguished service to the State of California, including 11 years leading the State’s victim compensation efforts. The Board named Lynda Gledhill as the Interim Executive Officer effective December 31, 2019.
“It has been a privilege to lead an organization that helps so many Californians,” Nauman said. “I’m especially proud of the work we have done to expand services to victims of violent crimes.”
During Nauman’s tenure, financial benefits for victims of crime have been enhanced, the trauma recovery center program was expanded, the State Victims of Crime statute was modernized and a new online policy manual and application were launched.
In 2018, Nauman was selected by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, Co-chairs of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, to receive the Suzanne McDaniel Memorial Award. She was recognized for her efforts on the design and implementation of multi-lingual survivor outreach programs and public awareness campaigns about survivor compensation and for reaching across state lines in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, to ensure the hundreds of Californians who were attending the concert received information and assistance.
Nauman also served as the first vice president of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards. During her State service, she has held a number of executive level government positions, including Chief Deputy Director for the Integrated Waste Management Board and Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Gledhill, the incoming Interim Executive Officer, currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of Communications at the Government Operations Agency, where she has been since 2013. In this role she has worked on numerous statewide issues, including website accessibility and the DMV Strike Team.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization that stands up for victims and ensures that they have access to the services they need,” Gledhill said.
Gledhill’s prior experience includes serving as the press secretary for the California Attorney General’s Office, director of communications at the Office of California Senator Ellen Corbett from 2008 to 2011 and as communications consultant at the Office of California Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2007 to 2008.
Gledhill was a political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1998 to 2007, where she covered a wide range of state and national political news. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
The Board made the appointment an interim one to allow themselves time for a thorough search for a permanent executive officer.
The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) provides reimbursement for crime-related expenses to victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a result of violent crime. CalVCB helps crime victims and their families cover unforeseen expenses such as medical bills, mental health treatment, funeral and burial expenses, income loss and more. To learn more about CalVCB, please visit victims.ca.gov.