Natalie K. Wight was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on June 6, 2022, to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Oregon and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 9, 2022.
An Oregon native, Ms. Wight has been an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice for over 18 years, and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon since 2012. Most recently she served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized and Violent Crime Section in the Criminal Division, where she focused on child exploitation, human trafficking, kidnapping, Indian Country, robberies, assaults, and other violent crime. She has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office’s Civil Division defending the United States in cases involving civil rights, torts, medical malpractice, employment law, and prison litigation. Ms. Wight has been the U.S. Attorney’s Office Portland Reentry Court Coordinator since 2015, and a U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Recruitment Ambassador since 2011.
Ms. Wight joined the United States Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 2003 as an attorney for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ms. Wight then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the San Francisco office of the Northern District of California from 2008 to 2012, where she focused on criminal and civil forfeiture related to drug trafficking, racketeering, white collar fraud, child pornography, and environmental crimes.
Ms. Wight received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2003, her M.S. in Biology from California State University in 2000, and her B.S in Biology from the College of Idaho in 1996. She graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland in 1992, and has coached the Cleveland Mock Trial team for the past ten years.