Candace Corte
Special Agent
Los Angeles Field Office

I joined the FBI in 2009. I was assigned to Los Angeles and worked white-collar crimes for more than a decade, became a firearms instructor, and am currently a full-time firearms, tactics, and advanced law enforcement rapid response training instructor. Currently, I’m the only female in the Los Angeles Division to hold these positions. Here’s hoping that changes! 

What drew you to the FBI?  

Coming from a military family, I always wanted to serve my country in some capacity. I saw the FBI as the best of the best. I did not make it the first time or even the second time I applied to be a special agent. I did not let that deter me. I kept trying to improve and was honored when I was finally selected to become part of something great. 

Who made a difference in your career? How?  

The FBI family has made the biggest difference in my career.

Celebration of 50 years of female special agents in the FBI. Candace Corte from the Los Angeles Field Office.

I have never worked with people who are as genuine as my FBI colleagues. We got into this to help people, but it doesn’t stop with the job. We are here to support each other through all of life’s ups and downs. 

Share the thing you’re most proud of from your FBI career.

Always striving to help people. Whether it was helping an elderly couple who had been swindled out of their life savings by a Ponzi scheme or pushing agents to improve their skills so they are even better at keeping themselves and others and safe, I feel like my work makes a difference. At the end of the day, I want my children to be proud of what their mother has accomplished.