For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Lisa O. Monaco Named Deputy Chief of Staff and
Counselor to FBI Director Mueller
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, has appointed Lisa
O. Monaco to be Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to
the Director. Ms. Monaco, an experienced Assistant United
States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of Columbia, has
served as Special Counsel to the Director since January
2006. As Special Counsel, Ms. Monaco has advised the Director
on a wide range of legal and policy matters in the national
security and criminal arenas.
Lisa’s record of achievement as both a criminal
prosecutor and a legal and policy advisor in criminal and
national security matters make her exceptionally well-suited
for this position,” said Director Robert S. Mueller,
III. “She has a record of achievement in public service
and has played an important role during an important time
for the FBI. I look forward to her continued contributions
as Deputy Chief of Staff,” Mueller said.
As Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. Monaco will continue to
spearhead priority projects, provide advice and counsel
to the Director, and work closely with the Chief of Staff
to manage the day-to-day operations of the Director’s
From May 2004 to January 2006, Ms. Monaco served as a
prosecutor on the Enron Task Force charged with investigating
criminal violations in connection with the collapse of
the Enron Corporation in 2001. She was co-lead trial counsel
in the prosecution of five former executives of Enron Broadband
Services, a business unit of Enron. Ms. Monaco received
the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service,
the Department’s highest award, for her work as a
prosecutor on the Enron Task Force.
Ms. Monaco has served as an AUSA since January 2001, trying
numerous jury trials and arguing appellate cases before
the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and D.C.
Circuit. While at the United States Attorney’s Office
she prosecuted violent crimes, drug offenses, fraud, and
corruption cases. She received a Special Achievement Award
each year during her tenure as an AUSA.
Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office,
Ms. Monaco served as Counsel to the Attorney General from
September 1998 to January 2001. In that position she provided
advice and guidance to the Attorney General on national
security, criminal enforcement, budget, and Congressional
oversight matters. From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Monaco was Law
Clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth, United States Court
of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. Monaco earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990
from Harvard University where she was awarded Magna
Cum Laude honors in her field, American History and
Literature. She earned her Juris Doctor degree
in 1997 from the University of Chicago Law School, where
she was Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago
Law School Roundtable.
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