Victoria C. Gilner is the Director of the Air Force Dispute Resolution Program for the Air Force General Counsel's Office. She assists the Principal Deputy General Counsel in the development and management of the Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. Her work includes the implementation of Air Force ADR policies and procedures in Air Force workplace disputes as well as environmental and contract disputes. She also serves as a dispute resolution instructor for mediation and negotiation courses.

Immediately prior to her current position, Ms. Gilner served as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). As such, she was the senior advisor to the Director, MDA on all issues relating to the Agency's equal opportunity and diversity management activities. She provided oversight, leadership, direction and guidance to MDA leadership and functional program managers ensuring the effective integration and organization of all equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion initiatives within MDA.

Ms. Gilner is a 1981 graduate of Albany Law School in Albany, New York. She served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1982-1988. Following her honorable discharge, she worked in private practice for Borton, Petrini and Conron for one year before returning to public service with the City of San Diego. With the San Diego City Attorney's Office she served in the Criminal Division as a trial prosecutor and Head Deputy for the Appellate Division from 1989-1990. She then served in the Legislative and Public Affairs Unit as a Police Legal Advisor from 1990-1993. In 1993, she was selected by San Diego Police Chief Jerry Sanders to become his Chief Legal Counsel. She served as the Assistant to the Chief of Police from 1993 until 1999 when Chief Sanders retired. In July of 1999 she became the Director of Legal Services for the Georgia Department of Public Safety (Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Homeland Security Task Force) serving with Commissioner Robert Hightower until his retirement in 2003.

Ms. Gilner returned to the federal government as a civilian in 2004 and has served with the Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy and the Missile Defense Agency.


1978 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook
1981 Juris Doctor Degree, Albany Law School, Albany, NY


1. 1982-1988 United States Navy - Judge Advocate General's Corps
2. 1988-1989 Borton, Petrini & Conron - San Diego Office-Associate Counsel
3. 1989-1993 Office of the City Attorney-City of San Diego-Deputy City Attorney
4. 1993-1999 San Diego Police Department, Assistant to the Chief of Police (Legal Counsel)
5. 1999-2003 Georgia Department of Public Safety, Director of Legal Services Division
6. 2003 Smith & Carson, Managing Director - Mass Tort and Litigation Group
7. 2004-2006 Coast Guard- JAG Office of General Law-Associate Counsel
8. 2006-2008 Air Force - Office of General Counsel (SAF/GCA) -Associate Counsel
9. 2008 Navy Office of Civilian Human Resources- Associate Counsel
10. 2008-2012 Missile Defense Agency, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management
11. 2012-present Air Force -Office of General Counsel (SAF/GCD)--Associate Counsel


2004 Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
2007 The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army - 5th Ethics Counselors Course
2011 Justice Center of Atlanta Basic Mediation Skills with Clinical Practicum


1981 State Bar of New York
1985 State Bar of California


1984 Navy Achievement Award Medal
1985 NAS Miramar Military Woman of Achievement
1986 Navy Achievement Award Medal
2008 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service
2012 Missile Defense Agency Director's Pinnacle Award


Mothers Against Drunk Driving - San Diego County Chapter - Board of Directors
1997-1999 President (Two terms)
1995-1997 Vice President (Two terms)

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. - Georgia Chapter - Board of Directors
2001-2003 Vice President

Current as of May 2013