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Eric Velez-Villar Named Assistant Director of Office of Private Sector at FBI Headquarters

Special Agent Eric Velez-Villar

By Steve Neavling

Retired Special Agent Eric Velez-Villar has been named assistant director of the Office of Private Sector at FBI headquarters. 

The Office of Private Sector operates under the FBI Intelligence Branch and is tasked with strengthening partnerships between the bureau and the private sector.

Before becoming a special agent in 1992, Velez-Villar began his FBI career as a computer scientist in the San Juan Field Office in Puerto Rico. As a special agent, he investigated organized crime and drug cases in the McAllen Resident Agency of the San Antonio Field Office in Texas. 

In 1997, he transferred to the San Juan office and investigated public corruption cases and violent crimes.

In 2000, Velez-Villar became a supervisory special agent in the Drug Section of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters. He was detailed to the DEA for two years.

In 2002, he transferred to the Santa Ana Resident Agency of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he investigated organized crime. He was later reassigned to supervise the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). 

In 2004, Velez-Villar was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles counterterrorism program, where he oversaw three regional JTTFs. In 2006, Velez-Villar was promoted to deputy director of the Terrorist Screening Center before returning to Los Angeles as special agent in charge of the office’s Intelligence Division in 2007. 

In 2009, he was named deputy assistant director in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters, in charge of the Intelligence Operations Branch.

In 2012, he became assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence and was promoted to executive assistant director of the Intelligence Branch in 2014. 

After retiring in 2016, Velez-Villar worked as vice president for security at the Walt Disney Company and established a security consulting firm.

Velez-Villar received a bachelor’s degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

FBI Promotes Eric Velez-Villar to Executive Assistant Director of Bureau’s Intelligence Branch

Eric Velez-Villar, FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com 

 Eric Velez-Villar, a 29-year FBI veteran who has fought organized crime, terrorism and drugs, has been promoted to executive assistant director of the bureau’s intelligence branch, the bureau announced.

Velez-Villar most recently served as assistant for the intelligence directorate.

Velez-Villar joined the FBI in 1985 and began working on organized crime and drugs. In 2000, he relocated to FBI headquarters as a supervisory special agent and worked at the DEA’s special operations unit.

In addition, Velez-Villar worked as assistant special agent for the counterterrorism program in Los Angeles.

FBI Appoints New Chief of Intelligence Division

fbi photo

By Jon Perkins
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Eric Velez-Villar,  deputy assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence Operations Branch at FBI Headquarters, is getting a bump up to assistant director of that division, the FBI announced this week.

In testimony last month before the House Homeland Security Committee subcommittee on  counterterrorism intelligence, Velez-Villar pledged the FBI’s cooperation with state and local authorities in trying to root out domestic terror threats.

“The FBI will continue to provide relevance and context on foreign threat information; however, we also recognize that the violent extremism threat may be first identified within our communities by state, local, or tribal law enforcement,” Velez-Villar said. “As a result, we have taken numerous proactive steps in the past year to develop a more robust information sharing capacity with all federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.”

He also testified that training material detailing  how law enforcement agencies can ensure officers understand how to identify and document suspicious behavior will be distributed in several states within months. He said the material will also contain information that will guide officers in the protection of privacy and civil liberties when documenting information.

Velez-Villar joined the FBI in 1985. In 1992, he worked organized crime and drug matters in San Antonio. Velez-Villar has also investigated public corruption cases in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He also worked with the DEA’s Special Operations Division helping coordinate major drug trafficking investigations throughout the nation.

In 2004, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Division’s counterterrorism program. Two years later, Velez-Villar was promoted to deputy director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center. In 2008, he was appointed as the first special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Division’s newly created Intelligence Division.

Velez-Villar is a 2008 recipient of the Attorney General’s award for distinguished services.

The intelligence division is charged with leading efforts to coordinate security that protects the United States from terrorist attacks.