July 20, 2022

Donald Alway Named Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office

Director Christopher Wray has named Donald Alway as the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Alway most recently served as the assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Alway joined the FBI as a special agent in 1996. He was first assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, where he investigated drug trafficking organizations. After the 9/11 attacks, he assisted at the crime scenes in New York City and at the Pentagon.

Mr. Alway was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at Headquarters in 2003. He served as the deputy on-scene commander in the Iraq Theatre of Operations for the Regimes Crimes Task Force in 2005, then worked as the acting legal attaché in Doha, Qatar.

In 2007, Mr. Alway transferred to the New York Field Office to supervise a joint terrorism task force squad, specialized responses, and special event planning. He was promoted in 2011 to assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch in the Cincinnati Field Office.

Mr. Alway returned to Headquarters in 2012 as a section chief in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, which investigates, prevents, counters, and responds to weapons of mass destruction threats and events. He left the WMDD in 2014 when he was appointed special agent in charge of the Jackson Field Office in Mississippi.

Mr. Alway was appointed the deputy assistant director of the Training Division in 2016, and as assistant director in 2018. The Training Division, based in Quantico, Virginia, provides training for FBI special agents, intelligence analysts, and other specialized law enforcement training.

In 2019, Mr. Alway was appointed assistant director of the WMDD.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Alway was a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and master’s degrees from California State University at Long Beach and from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.