E. Santos
Special Agent
Newark Field Office

I joined the FBI as a special agent in 2002 and was assigned to the New York Field Office as a counterintelligence case agent. I later became a counterintelligence supervisor and initiated the first combined counterintelligence and cyber squads. I’ve served as an acting assistant legal attaché in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. I transferred to the Newark Field Office in 2014 and now serve as its Training Academy and National Academy Coordinator.

What drew you to the FBI?

I wanted to help people and make a positive impact. I have had the great fortune to achieve that goal and have taken every opportunity to help as many people as possible, both within my organization and in the public. I have mentored many employees, encouraging them to pursue fulfilling assignments, opportunities, and promotions.

What is the best career or life advice you have to give?

Although 20 years seems like a long time, it goes by really fast. My best advice is to live in the moment and enjoy each of the assignments, learn as much as you can, and share your knowledge with the next generation.

Celebration of 50 years of female special agents in the FBI. E. Santos from the Newark Field Office.

Who made a difference in your career? How?

My mother. She was an inspiration to me. I worked diligently throughout my career so she knew that all of the efforts she made in immigrating to the United States were appreciated. It has been incredibly important for me to make an impact so that I could make her proud. She instilled in me a strong work ethic and taught me to do my very best at whatever job I held. I pass those same values on to my own children.