Kelly Choi
Supervisory Special Agent
Houston Field Office

I have had the opportunity to serve the FBI for 13 years. In the Los Angeles Division, I was part of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Team. Negotiating the successful release of kidnapped victims has been some of the most rewarding work in my career.

While serving at FBI Headquarters, I had the privilege of leading a unit within the Counterintelligence Division that had a direct impact on securing critical infrastructure in the United States.

Currently, I serve in the Houston Division as a supervisory special agent. In every area of my career, it has been a humbling experience working alongside talented analysts and agents who are committed to fulfilling the FBI’s mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. 

Celebration of 50 years of female special agents in the FBI. Kelly Choi from the Houston Field Office.

What is the best career or life advice you have been given?

In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

What is the best career advice you have to give?

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart

What does it mean to make room at the table? Why does it matter?

There will always be challenges. When you hit a wall, never, never, never give up. Figure out a way over it, around it, or push right through it. Know the value of your contribution, and be confident in yourself.