Virginia Herold, MS


Virginia Herold has 29 years of experience as the assistant executive officer or executive officer of the California State Board of Pharmacy. This included overseeing multiple licensing programs, enforcement and disciplinary processes, legislation and regulation promulgation, licensee education and general consumer protection initiatives. In these roles, Virginia managed and directed the activities of the board, its 130+ staff and resources to achieve the board’s public protection mandate by assuring that those licensed by the board meet established standards, and those licensees who violate laws are disciplined timely and consistently. Her duties also included advocacy and advisement to the 13-member board on complex policies, program issues and emerging pharmacy issues.


She also oversaw administration of the board’s $25 million annual budget, and represented the board at state and federal levels to secure board objectives. Advocacy duties included recommending policies or actions to respond to emerging issues from the board, policymakers, legislators, the media, and state and national representatives, while retaining the board’s leadership role in consumer protection. She led and inspired board staff to the highest level of performance and ethics, and coordinated activities with state and federal regulators to secure enforcement and public protection mandates.