Linda L. Gonzalez comes to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission to serve as Senior Policy Analyst for Operation Lone Star. Prior to joining TIDC, she was Chief Public Defender for the Starr County Regional Public Defender Office for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. There, she played an essential role in organizing, establishing and leading the first-ever public defender program to serve Starr, Jim Hogg and Duval counties, all of which lie on or near the Texas/Mexico border. Before joining Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Linda practiced primarily criminal defense as a solo practitioner. She began her legal career as a felony prosecutor with the 229th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Rio Grande City, TX and has years of experience as a criminal trial attorney. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Florida State University and a juris doctor from St. Mary’s School of Law, Linda believes in a holistic, client-centered approach to indigent defense.