Director Christopher Wray has named Amir Ehsaei as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Counterterrorism Division of the Los Angeles Field Office. He most recently served as a section chief in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.
As the counterterrorism SAC, Mr. Ehsaei is responsible for counterterrorism investigations in Los Angeles, as well as much of Asia and Australia. He is also responsible for crisis response matters and the weapons of mass destruction program.
Mr. Ehsaei began his career as an FBI special agent in 2004. He was first assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the Los Angeles Field Office and moved to the Human Intelligence Squad in 2010. He was promoted later that year to supervisory special agent of a counterterrorism squad on the JTTF. Mr. Ehsaei deployed to Baghdad in 2010, leading an interagency team that interviewed members of a foreign terrorist organization.
In 2013, Mr. Ehsaei moved to the Inspection Division at Headquarters, where he served as an assistant inspector and team leader. He returned to Los Angeles in 2015 as the assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Administrative Division and was named the ASAC for the Los Angeles JTTF in 2017.
Mr. Ehsaei was promoted to chief of the Employment Development and Selection Program Section of the Human Resources Division at Headquarters in 2018. As section chief, he oversaw the Leadership Selection Unit, the Office of Workforce Development, the Performance Appraisal Unit, and the Transfer Unit.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Ehsaei was an attorney. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado and graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of the Florida and California State Bars. He is fluent in Farsi.