William R. Evanina
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center
William R. Evanina is the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, an organization he has led since June 2, 2014. He serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI)for the U.S. Government and as the principal CI and securityadvisor to the Director of National Intelligence.
As the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), Mr. Evanina is responsible for leading and supporting the CI and security activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the U.S. Government, and U.S. private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries. He oversees national-level programs and activities such as the National Insider Threat Task Force; personnel security and background investigations; continuous evaluation; information technology protection standards and compliance; CI cyber operations; supply chain risk management; threat awareness to sectors of the U.S. critical infrastructure; national-level damage assessments from espionage or unauthorized disclosures, CI mission management, and national CI and security training programs.
Under Mr. Evanina’s leadership, NCSC produces the President’s National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America, which is instrumental in raising foreign intelligence threat awareness, and closing critical CI and security gaps in the U.S. Government and the U.S. private sector. The Strategy is enhanced by a highly visible national outreach campaign “Know the Risk, Raise Your Shield,” raising public awareness of the threats posed by foreign intelligence services.
Mr. Evanina chairs the National Counterintelligence Policy Board, and the Allied Security and CI Forum of senior CI and security leaders from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He also serves as the Chair of NATO's CI Panel. His counterintelligence and security expertise is sought by the White House, Members of Congress, Executive Branch officials, private sector executives, and U.S. allies.
Prior to his selection as the Director of NCSC, Mr. Evanina served as the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterespionage Group where he led Intelligence Community agencies in identifying, preventing, and neutralizing espionage-related activities by foreign intelligence services. In 2013, Mr. Evanina was appointed to the Senior Executive Service.
In 2011, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Washington Field Office, where he led operations in both the Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Divisions. In 2010, Mr. Evanina served as Special Assistant in the FBI’s National Security Branch where he was responsible for overseeing policy formulation, training, and finance.
In 2006, Mr. Evanina was promoted to Senior Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI’s Trenton, New Jersey, Resident Agency. Following this assignment, he was selected to be the Assistant Section Chief of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in 2009.
Mr. Evanina has more than 30 years of distinguished federal service, 23 of which as a Special Agent with the FBI. At the start of his law enforcement career in 1996, he investigated organized crime and violent crimes through the FBI’s Newark, New Jersey, Field Office. He then served on an FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit for 10 years, ultimately supervising this unit. He led some of the highest profile terrorism investigations in our nation’s history including the investigation into the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., the subsequent anthrax attacks, and the Daniel Pearl kidnapping. During his tenure with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Mr. Evanina was selected as a Supervisory Special Agent, and received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence for his leadership of the investigation of convicted spy Leandro Aragoncillo.
Mr. Evanina’s government career began in 1989 as a Project Manager with the General Services Administration, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Evanina was born and raised in Peckville, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University in Philadelphia. In September 2016, he was named one of the most influential people in Security by "Security Magazine." In June 2017, Mr. Evanina was awarded the FBI's Meritorious Service Award for Valor. Mr. Evanina is married and has two children.