Raquel Wilson is the Director of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Office of Education and Sentencing Practice, the office responsible for fulfilling the Commission's training mission. She has been in that position since November 2015, after serving as Acting Director since February 2015.
Raquel joined the Commission staff in 2009 as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. At the Commission, she has served on numerous policy development teams, including hate crimes, offender characteristics, and crimes of violence. She was the lead author of the Commission's 2012 Report on the Continuing Impact of United States v. Booker on Federal Sentencing.
Before coming to the Commission, Raquel spent ten years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, first in the Southern District of Texas (Houston), then in the Western District of North Carolina (Asheville) trying cases and arguing appeals in the Fifth and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Raquel graduated magna cum laude from Rice University, and received her law degree from Stanford Law School. Raquel served from 1996 to 1998 as law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle, United States District Judge, Northern District of Florida.