Mary Thompson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently assigned as the FBI Senior Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as Deputy Director for Operations at the Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2). As part of the President's Export Control Reform Initiative, in November, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13558, creating the multi-agency E2C2 for coordination and enhancement of U.S. government export enforcement efforts. In her E2C2 leadership role, Ms. Thompson oversees operational coordination and engagement among 18 federal agencies on export enforcement matters.
Ms. Thompson began her professional career at the U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions where she worked as a Program Manager from 1988 until 1995. During this time, Ms. Thompson helped to open and establish the Office of Foreign Missions San Francisco and Los Angeles field offices overseeing the foreign diplomatic corps located in the West Coast region of the United States.
In 1995, Ms. Thompson entered on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent. She was assigned to the FBI San Francisco Division field office where she investigated National Security, Cyber and Criminal matters.
In 2006, Ms. Thompson rose to be the Supervisory Special Agent of the San Francisco Division's Global Counterproliferation Squad. Ms. Thompson transferred to FBI Headquarters in 2009 following a promotion as Unit Chief within the FBI's Counterintelligence Division.
Ms. Thompson later assumed a leadership role as Unit Chief within the newly created FBI Counterproliferation Center, a hybrid Center integrating the Counterproliferation expertise from the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and the Directorate of Intelligence.
In 2010, Ms. Thompson was selected as the 2010-2011 FBI Fellow in the International Women's Forum Leadership Fellows Programs. As a Fellows Program participant, Ms. Thompson was among 32 women leaders from 13 countries engaged in advanced executive leadership training and mentoring. Ms. Thompson has since become involved in the FBI's Leadership Development program, where she serves as an adjunct Leadership Development facilitator.
In November, 2011, Ms. Thompson assumed her current role with DHS to establish and build the E2C2, helping to officially open the doors of E2C2 in March, 2012.
Ms. Thompson, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and one son. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary's College of California.