Judge Gloria M. Navarro was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Nevada by President Barack Obama at the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and confirmed by the Senate (98-0) in May 2010. Judge Navarro served as Chief Judge from January 2014 until September 2019. She was appointed to the Ninth Circuit IT Committee where she enjoyed creating several presentations for judges about her paperless chambers and how to leverage technology including iPads, Remote Access, Apple TV, Courtroom Technology, and the Microsoft Word iPad app. In 2015, US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Navarro to the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In that capacity, she currently represents the Ninth Circuit when casting votes about general policy recommendations, planning, and financial oversight of the judiciary’s national information technology program. She was recently reappointed and her current term expires in 2021. Judge Navarro has also served as a Patent Pilot Judge since 2011, the inception of the Patent Pilot Program, which was established pursuant to Pub. L. No. 111-349.

Judge Navarro is a native Nevadan, wife, and mother of three boys. She is the first Hispanic woman appointed to the US District of Nevada, the first Hispanic chief judge, and first female chief judge in the US District of Nevada.