Nicole Silveira, a gang prosecutor for Merced County, is the first woman to be promoted to a management position in the county District Attorney’s Office.
Silveira, who has worked in the office for six years, has been promoted to supervising deputy district attorney by District Attorney Larry Morse II. The appointment was announced Thursday in a public statement.
“Nicole has done an exceptional job since joining the District Attorney’s Office,” Morse said in the prepared statement. “Her work as a gang prosecutor in a county with more than 5,000 validated gang members is both challenging and occasionally dangerous. Nicole has handled every assignment with great professionalism, skill and the highest ethical standards. She will be an important addition to the management of this office.”
Silveira, 34, is a native of Merced County. She graduated from Atwater High School before attending Merced College and transferring to California State University, San Diego. Silveira earned her law degree at California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Silveira worked in private practice before joining the Merced County District Attorney’s Office in 2010. She was recognized as county Prosecutor of the Year in 2015, the first woman to win the award.
“This is a tremendous honor and privilege. We have so many talented attorneys in our office and they do an incredible job, day in and day out, fighting for victims and justice. Our investigators, victim advocates and clerical staff are some of the most dedicated people I’ve ever known and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them,” Silveira said in the statement.
Silveira does a fair share of public service outside her work in the District Attorney’s Office. She volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Merced Athletic Corp., which works with a local credit union to host a half-marathon in Merced. She recently was appointed to the Castle Family Health Center’s board of directors. She also served on a board at UC Merced seeking to eliminate sexual assault on campus and served a term as president of the Merced County Women Lawyers.