Michael McGarrity is a twenty two year veteran of the FBI and is currently the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, a position he has held since February 2018. As Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division he leads all FBI counterterrorism investigations in the US and abroad. Mr. McGarrity most recently served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office where he led all criminal investigations in the FBI’s largest field office. As the Special Agent in Charge he led multiple task forces which assisted in bringing significant reductions in violent crime in New York City. During his tenure he led investigative teams that also brought substantial public corruption, white collar, and security fraud investigations and prosecutions.
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 2003, Mr. McGarrity transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he investigated international terrorism matters. Mr. McGarrity has extensive overseas experience working with foreign law enforcement partners on major terrorism and criminal investigations.
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 for the White House National Security Council, the FBI’s legal attaché in Switzerland, and as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Washington Field Office where he oversaw all criminal investigations in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. He was called upon to be the first director of the U.S. Government’s Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell (HRFC) where he led U.S. efforts to safely recover hostages who were abducted in foreign countries. Under his leadership the HRFC has been recognized as a best practice for using a multi-agency task force approach to successfully recover victims and work with victims, their families and the private sector.
Before joining the FBI, Mr. McGarrity was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York City and previously worked in the oil and gas industry. He obtained his law degree magna cum laude and undergraduate degree in economics from The Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Program in National Security and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Strategic Change Program.