Debra Evans Smith
Debra Evans Smith—Special Agent in Charge
Washington Field Office Counterintelligence Division
Ms. Smith entered on duty with the FBI in May 1984 as a professional support employee. She attended New Agents Class in 1987. Upon completion of training at Quantico, she was assigned to the New Orleans Field Office, where she worked a variety of programs, including civil rights and white-collar crime. In 1989, Ms. Smith attended the Foreign Service Institute in Rosslyn, Virginia, where she studied the Russian language. In 1991 she transferred to the Los Angeles Division, where she worked Russian foreign counterintelligence and Russian organized crime matters. In 1996, she transferred to the Washington Field Office, where she continued to work Russian foreign counterintelligence cases.
Ms. Smith was promoted to a supervisory position in 1998, serving in the Overseas Espionage Unit at FBI Headquarters, managing multiple espionage investigations. She was subsequently assigned to supervise an espionage squad at the Washington Field Office in 2000. She managed numerous complicated espionage investigations and recruitment operations, both within the United States and abroad, most notably the investigation of former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen. Ms. Smith received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in furthering the interests of U.S. National Security, and the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction.
In August 2006, Ms. Smith was promoted to the position of assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Division and had oversight responsibility for the intelligence, border liaison, security, media, and community outreach programs. In March 2008, she was selected to serve as chief of the Counterespionage Group, Central Intelligence Agency, with oversight of a large cadre of personnel including investigators, analysts, security, and National Clandestine Service officers, as well as individuals detailed from within the intelligence community.
In July 2009, Ms. Smith was named special assistant to the Director. Her responsibilities included providing guidance and briefing material, coordinating domestic and foreign travel, and providing goals and parameters to the Director’s Research Group and Executive Secretariat.
Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After college, she was employed by Warner Cable Communications in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Smith is the proud mother of one son.