Meet the Deputy Attorney General

Lisa O. Monaco is the 39th Deputy Attorney General of the United States.  As the Deputy Attorney General, she is the Department’s second-ranking official and is responsible for the overall supervision of the Department.  The Deputy Attorney General serves as the Chief Operating Officer, and the Department’s litigating and policy components, law enforcement agencies, and 93 U.S. Attorneys report to the Deputy.  The Deputy Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing the Department’s policies and programs.

A 15-year veteran of the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Monaco served as a career federal prosecutor and in several leadership positions across the Department.  She began her Justice Department career as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno and went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of Columbia, where she was a member of the Enron Task Force and received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest award.  She thereafter served in several leadership roles:  Chief of Staff at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to then Director Robert S. Mueller, III; Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General; and Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to hold that position.  

From 2013-2017, Deputy Attorney General Monaco was the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President.  In that role, she coordinated the Executive Branch’s policy and response to a wide range of security issues – including the response to international and domestic terrorist incidents, cyber threats, and natural disasters – and advised the President on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy.

Deputy Attorney General Monaco has served in private practice and taught national security law.  She was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School. 

Updated August 19, 2021