Michael C. McGarrity
Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael McGarrity is the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, a position he has held since February 2018. Mr. McGarrity most recently served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office.
Mr. McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations, and international money laundering networks. In 2001, Mr. McGarrity transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he investigated international terrorism matters.
Over the course of his career, Mr. McGarrity has held numerous leadership positions, including as the FBI detailee assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, the supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial investigation squad in the Washington Field Office, the director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Staff, the FBI’s legal attaché in Switzerland, and the first director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell.
Before joining the FBI, Mr. McGarrity was a prosecutor in New York City and an economist for the U.S. Department of Energy. He obtained his law degree magna cum laude and undergraduate degree in economics from The Catholic University of America.