For Immediate Release
June 11, 2010
FBI National Press Office
Cory B. Nelson Named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Division
Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Cory B. Nelson special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s San Antonio Division. Mr. Nelson most recently served as chief of the Terrorist Financing Operations Section (TFOS) within the Counterterrorism Division.
Mr. Nelson entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in July 1991 and was assigned to the New York Division’s applicant squad. He was subsequently assigned to an organized crime squad, where he conducted investigations in furtherance of dismantling the Genovese crime family. In addition to investigative work, Mr. Nelson was selected to lead one of the first Evidence Response Teams in the New York Division. In August 1997, Mr. Nelson transferred to the San Antonio Division’s Brownsville Resident Agency, where he conducted narcotics investigations, served as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and was the SWAT assistant team leader. While in Brownsville, he was requested to respond to the Oklahoma City bombing, for which he received an award from FBI Director Louis J. Freeh.
In October 1999, Mr. Nelson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Colombian/Caribbean Unit, at FBI Headquarters, where he provided guidance and oversight of domestic and international narcotics investigations. In October 2001, Mr. Nelson was appointed senior supervisory resident agent (SSRA) for the Tampa Division’s Fort Myers Resident Agency. As SSRA, he supervised three resident agencies covering nine counties in Southwest Florida, and received a commendation from Governor Jeb Bush for his assistance to Florida's counterterrorism efforts.
Mr. Nelson was promoted to assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Denver Division in August 2005, where he was responsible for the management of all criminal programs, the cyber program, all resident agencies in Colorado, and SWAT. During his assignment in Denver, he served as the FBI's on-scene commander in Afghanistan between April and June 2006. He also served as the acting SAC of the Denver Division from October 2007 through March 2008.
In April 2008, Mr. Nelson was named deputy director of the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). While there, he oversaw all operational components of the TSC. In May 2009, he was assigned as section chief of TFOS, where he managed six units that gather intelligence, form partnerships, provide training, and investigate all aspects of international terrorist financing methods, trends, and activities.
Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.
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