Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Ley, Office of Intelligence
Jennifer Ley is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Intelligence with U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP), the United States’ largest law enforcement organization. She leads the development, coordination and implementation of intelligence capabilities in support of CBP’s mission to secure America’s borders while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.
Ms. Ley has extensive experience working in the U.S. Intelligence Community, designing programs, and leading major initiatives integrating intelligence and operations in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. Ley joined CBP in 2015 as the inaugural Director of the Counter Network Division. In this role, she led our counter-network efforts against terrorism, narcotics, illicit trade, and human/alien smuggling through advanced targeting, intelligence-led operations, leveraging technology to share and analyze data, and the establishment of global and domestic law enforcement partnerships.
Prior to joining CBP, Ms. Ley was a senior executive with the Target Corporation, serving as the first Director of Risk Intelligence and Corporate Security, and subsequently the Director of Enterprise Risk Management. In these roles, Ms. Ley was responsible for the prioritization and mitigation of all top risks to the company, and the identification and assessment of risks in the areas of global security, governance, cyber, reputation, fraud, and healthcare. She was also a founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).
Ms. Ley was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2010 at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the FBI, Ms. Ley held numerous roles in her career, all focused on national security and intelligence. Ms. Ley was the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division—responsible for the production of all finished, strategic intelligence and operational targeting for the Counterterrorism program. Ms. Ley created and led the FBI's first intelligence-operations fusion model, integrating targeting with strategic operations and intelligence. Ms. Ley also served as the daily intelligence briefer to the FBI Director and U.S. Attorney General.
Ms. Ley is the recipient of multiple prestigious U.S. Intelligence Community awards, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Exceptional Achievement Medal, the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, the FBI Director's Award for Excellence in Intelligence Analysis, and the ODNI National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.
Ms. Ley holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder.