National Counterintelligence Executive and Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
William “Bill” Evanina
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Mr. Evanina became the 5th National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) in June 2014 and serves as the head of national counterintelligence for the U.S. Government. Mr. Evanina is responsible for leading the counterintelligence and security activities of the U.S. Government and in December 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper realigned the Office of the NCIX and created the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) where Mr. Evanina is now dual hatted as the NCIX and the Director of the NCSC.
In his current role, Mr. Evanina is responsible for producing the National Threat Identification and Prioritization Assessment; producing and implementing the National Counterintelligence Strategy and Damage Assessments. He serves as Chairperson of the National Counterintelligence Policy Board and is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Allied Security and Counterintelligence Forum. This forum is a collaborative venue of senior level security and CI advisors to meet to address personnel, physical, and technical security and counterintelligence matters related to the protection of designated intelligence information this is shared among Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Prior to his selection as the NCIX and Director of the NCSC, Bill served as the chief of CIA’s Counterintelligence Center, Counterespionage Group where he led personnel from multiple intelligence community agencies in an effort to identify, prevent and neutralize espionage related activities by foreign intelligence services.
During Mr. Evanina’s over 25 years of service with the U.S. Government, 18 of which with the FBI, he has held numerous positions. Positions such as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, where he led operations in both Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Divisions; he served as Special Assistant in the FBI’s National Security Branch (NSB) where he oversaw policy formulation, training, and finance of the NSB; he was an Assistant Section Chief of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division; and has served as Senior Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI’s Trenton, New Jersey Resident Agency and a Supervisory Special Agent within the JTTF and led the espionage investigation of convicted spy Leandro Aragoncillo. Because of Bill’s efforts with this Aragoncillo investigation, he received the FBI’s Director’s Award for Excellence.
Mr. Evanina’s FBI career began in 1996 where he was assigned to the FBI Newark Field Office investigating organized crime and violent crime matters. Subsequent to 9/11, he was assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating counterterrorism matters and participating in the Flight 93, Ameritraz, and Daniel Pearl investigations.
Mr. Evanina was born and raised in Peckville, PA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Evanina is married and has one child.