UCLA officials announced Louise Nelson as the new vice chancellor for legal affairs Friday morning.
Nelson, who serves as senior vice president and assistant general counsel for the hotel company Hilton Worldwide, will start her term Nov. 14.
She will report to both Chancellor Gene Block and the University of California Office of General Counsel. Nelson will be responsible for establishing policy, training and processes that mitigate legal risk across complex legal frameworks.
Nelson said in a statement she thinks her new role is an opportunity to represent a world-class university on numerous issues, including labor and employment, intellectual property and health care law, among others.
“It is hard to imagine a more dynamic environment in which to practice,” Nelson said.
Before Nelson joined Hilton Worldwide, she worked for several Los Angeles law firms. She graduated from University of California, Irvine, and received her J.D. from Harvard University.
Nelson will succeed Amy Blum, interim vice chancellor, who has served since October 2015.