FBI Director Christopher Wray Announces Three Senior Executives
FBI Director Christopher Wray has named executives to three senior leadership positions: David T. Resch as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch; Andrew W. Vale as executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch; and Nancy McNamara as assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.
David T. Resch
As executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, Mr. Resch oversees all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance.
He most recently served as assistant director of the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Mr. Resch began his FBI career as a special agent in 1996 in the Houston Field Office, where he primarily worked criminal matters and served as the crimes against children coordinator and the kidnapping coordinator. In 2003, he was promoted to the Crisis Management Unit in the Critical Incident Response Group and then transferred to the Behavioral Analysis Unit in 2004. Mr. Resch was promoted to lead that unit in 2006. In 2008, Mr. Resch became the supervisory special agent of the gangs, violent crimes, and cyber programs in the Richmond Field Office and subsequently served there as the Joint Terrorism Task Force supervisor. In 2012, he became the assistant special agent in charge and was responsible for all criminal and administrative programs in the Richmond Field Office.
Mr. Resch then served as the chief of the Tactical Operations Section in the Operational Technology Division. In 2014, he became the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Field Office, where he served until 2016.
Andrew W. Vale
As executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, Mr. Vale oversees the Human Resources, Training, and Security Divisions as well as the FBI’s leadership development program.
Most recently, he served as assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.
Mr. Vale began his career as a special agent in 1991 in the Newark Field Office, where he investigated terrorism, background, and civil rights matters. In October 1998, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of Newark’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, overseeing domestic and international terrorism investigations.
In November 2001, Mr. Vale transferred to the Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit at FBI Headquarters and provided program management oversight for all domestic terrorism investigations in the Northeast region of the United States. He was promoted to chief of the unit in August 2003. In January 2005, Mr. Vale was appointed unit chief of the Director’s Research Group, where he reviewed, edited, and approved briefing materials for congressional testimony, domestic and international travel, and meetings.
Mr. Vale transferred to the Albany Field Office in August 2006 as the assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch. In this capacity, he provided program management oversight for the counterterrorism, counterintelligence and intelligence programs. Mr. Vale returned to FBI Headquarters in September 2011 as the special assistant to the deputy director. From January 2013 until January 2017, Mr. Vale served as the special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office.
As assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office, Ms. McNamara oversees the FBI’s second largest field office, responsible for protecting the nation’s capital and Northern Virginia.
She most recently served as the assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division.
Ms. McNamara began her career as a special agent in 1996 in the New York Field Office, where she investigated public corruption cases. She became a supervisory special agent for the applicant program in 2002 and for the public corruption/government fraud squad in the White-Collar Crime Branch in 2005. Later that year, she transferred to FBI Headquarters as an assistant inspector in the Inspection Division, leading teams that reviewed and assessed investigative programs in field offices, legal attachés, and Headquarters.
In 2007, Ms. McNamara was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Los Angeles Field Office, with responsibility over the White-Collar Crime Branch. She returned to FBI Headquarters in 2009 as the chief of the Public Corruption/Civil Rights Section, overseeing public and international corruption and civil rights investigations. In 2010, Ms. McNamara became the special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Field Office. She returned to Headquarters one year later as the deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division, where she served until 2013.