Chris Piehota

Christopher M. Piehota

Executive Assistant Director Security & Technology Branch, FBI

Christopher M. Piehota has served as the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch (STB) since 2016. The STB provides oversight to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the Laboratory Division, and the Operational Technology Division.

Mr. Piehota began his FBI career in 1995 as a Special Agent in the Newark, New Jersey, Field Office, where he investigated international terrorism, domestic terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction matters. There, he provided the FBI’s Counterterrorism Program with oversight and leadership during the post-September 11, 2001 terrorist threat environment for numerous terrorism investigations across the United States and abroad. In 2002, he was promoted to a Supervisory Special Agent program management position in the FBI Headquarters Counterterrorism Division.

In 2003, Mr. Piehota was promoted to Unit Chief in the FBI Headquarters Counterterrorism Division Terrorism Reports and Requirements Section. During his tenure, he directly managed a newly founded counterterrorism intelligence collection and dissemination unit that enabled the FBI to effectively collect and share terrorism intelligence and threat information with the U.S. Intelligence Community and other federal partners.

In 2005, Mr. Piehota reported to the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) as a Counterintelligence Supervisory Special Agent, where he worked closely with U.S. Intelligence Community partners to identify and defeat counterintelligence threats to U.S. interests. He provided leadership and program management for highly sensitive counterintelligence operations. He became an Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the FBI’s WFO in 2007 and led operational, logistical, and administrative activities for the Northern Virginia Resident Agency, Security Operations Branch, and Technical Services Branch.

In 2010, Mr. Piehota joined the FBI’s TSC as its Deputy Director for Operations, Intelligence, and Administration and directly managed the center’s role in the U.S. Government’s 24-hour consolidated terrorist watchlist, screening, and world-wide terrorist encounter operations enterprises. Mr. Piehota also served as Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office, overseeing all FBI personnel and operations in western New York from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, he was promoted to the Director of the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), where he led interagency efforts to detect and interdict terrorist activities around the world.

He is a certified FBI Intelligence Officer and an Office of the Director of National Intelligence recognized Senior Intelligence Officer and holds U.S. Intelligence Community Joint Duty Certification. In 2018, Mr. Piehota received the Presidential Rank Award for his leadership, accomplishments, and commitment to public service.

Mr. Piehota is a U.S. Air Force military veteran. He has a Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in Human Performance Improvement, from Capella University; a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Seton Hall University; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.