Rita C. Aguilar most recently served as Deputy Associate Attorney General in the Office of the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she advised the Department’s third-highest ranking official and other members of the Department’s leadership on a wide range of legal, legislative, policy, and regulatory issues, including tribal. Ms. Aguilar previously served as Attorney Advisor in the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs and helped achieve passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act (2010) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (2013). In recognition, she was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in Indian Country.
Ms. Aguilar also held two senior positions at the White House as Senior Confirmations Advisor and Deputy Associate Counsel.
Ms. Aguilar earned a B.A. from Southwestern University; a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law; and an LL.M. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.