Valerie Cofield

Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Capabilities Branch

FBI Cyber Division

Valerie Cofield is the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for the Cyber Capabilities Branch within the FBI’s Cyber Division. In this capacity, she leads coordination and deployment of Cyber Division’s technical tools and capabilities, and oversees all cyber-related training, recruiting, hiring, and finances for the division.

Ms. Cofield joined the FBI in 1999 as an auditor for the Los Angeles Field Office. In 2002, she was promoted to financial manager. Ms. Cofield moved to FBI Headquarters in December 2008 to accept a position as chief of the budget unit in the Criminal Investigative Division. In January of 2011, she accepted a new position as the budget officer of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. Ms. Cofield was selected into the senior executive service as chief of staff of the Science and Technology Branch in November 2014. In July 2017, Ms. Cofield was promoted to DAD of the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), where she engaged with interagency partners and other key stakeholders on policy issues related to current and emerging technologies and their impact on law enforcement.

Prior to her selection as DAD in FBI’s Cyber Division, Ms. Cofield was detailed to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. This Congressional Commission was authorized through the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and its mission was to develop a national strategy for preventing cyberattacks of significant consequences. While on the Commission, Ms. Cofield was a Senior Director and Task Force Lead. Her task force researched issues on how to strengthen international cyber norms and how to more effectively use non-military instruments of state power to shape behavior in cyberspace. The Commission completed its report in March of 2020 with over 75 recommendations, some of which were turned into legislative proposals with the goal of including these proposals into the FY21 NDAA.