Sacramento, Calif., — The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) today appointed Lynda Gledhill as its permanent Executive Officer. Gledhill has served as CalVCB’s Interim Executive Officer since December 31, 2019.
“It is an honor to be named the permanent Executive Officer of CalVCB and to be able to continue the work of helping California’s victims of violent crime,” Gledhill said. “I look forward to building upon the services we provide to victims and making sure Californians know we are here to help.”
“Lynda has shown incredible commitment to supporting victims of crime in our communities, and I am grateful for her service in this critical role,” said Government Operations Secretary Yolanda Richardson, who chairs the Victim Compensation Board.
Gledhill will oversee efforts to create a one-stop portal for victims of crime in the state, increase the number of applicants who file claims online and streamline the approval and compensation process.
“We want our resources and services available and easy to use for everyone in the state who is impacted by crime,” Gledhill said. “I look forward to raising awareness and streamlining our services so that they are accessible to everyone.”
Before being named CalVCB’s Interim Executive Officer, Gledhill served as the Deputy Secretary of Communications at the Government Operations Agency (GovOps). She began at GovOps in 2013 and worked on numerous statewide issues, including website accessibility and the DMV Strike Team.
Previously, she served as the press secretary for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, director of communications for California Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, and as communications consultant for California Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata.
Gledhill was a political reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle from 1998 to 2007 and covered a wide range of state and national political news. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
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.