Nicky Zamostny, Assistant Secretary
Nicky Zamostny was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security by Governor Northam in January 2018. As Assistant Secretary, Nicky oversees the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Parole Board and manages all legislative initiatives within the Secretariat.
Prior to her appointment by Governor Northam, she was the Policy and Legislative Director for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and formerly the Assistant Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security under Governor McAuliffe. During her tenure in both Administrations, she has served as an advisor on gun violence prevention initiatives and worked with Secretary Moran to pass historic, bipartisan firearms legislation in 2016, which included the one of the toughest, if not the toughest domestic violence firearms law in the nation.
Nicky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Social Work Administration and Policy Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University.