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October 5, 2020

Kristi Koons Johnson Named Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office

Director Christopher Wray has named Kristi Koons Johnson as the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. Most recently, Ms. Johnson served as the special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office in Nebraska.

Ms. Johnson joined the FBI as a special agent in 1999 and spent a decade in the Chicago Field Office investigating organized crime and public corruption. She was promoted in 2007 to supervisory special agent and led a public corruption squad. In 2010, Ms. Johnson was named the chief division counsel for the Omaha office to provide legal advice about investigations and FBI policy.

In 2014, Ms. Johnson was promoted to unit chief in the FBI’s Internal Policy Office at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She managed the day-to-day operations of the office that drafts, coordinates, reviews, publishes, and circulates FBI policies. In 2016, she was named the assistant special agent in charge of national security, cyber, and intelligence matters for the Omaha office.

In 2018, Ms. Johnson was promoted to chief of the Transnational Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division at Headquarters. The section manages investigations into—and collects intelligence about—transnational criminal organizations. These criminal organizations are engaged in a variety of criminal activities, including human, weapons, and drug trafficking; money laundering; cultural theft; and different types of fraud.

Ms. Johnson was promoted in 2019 to special agent in charge of the Omaha office, where she led operations and personnel across Iowa and Nebraska. Her outreach efforts focused on crisis response preparedness, creating strong partnerships with private sector and community partners, and enhancing relationships with federal, state and local agencies.

In addition, Ms. Johnson has served as a trainer at the International Law Enforcement Academy in San Salvador, El Salvador, and in Skopje, Macedonia. She also served in temporary duty positions in Moscow and Athens, Greece, as the assistant legal attaché.

Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy.