Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1969. Juris Doctor cum laude, San Francisco Law School, 1976.
Deputy district attorney Ventura County District Attorney' General’ s Office, Ventura, California, 1977—1986. Freelance consultant Washington, since 1983. Consultant State of California, Sacramento, 1986—1996.
Police auditor City of Reno, 2003—2005.
Teacher, facilitator Office Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Washington, 1983—1999. Member of American Association of University Women (vice president since 2005), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Norm Howard, March 15, 1995. Children: Chris Howard, Debbie Prestininzi.