On May 19, 2021, Michael A. Hughes was appointed the Director of INTERPOL Washington, after serving in the positions of Deputy Director and Acting Director since 2018. As Director, Mr. Hughes acts on behalf of the Attorney General as the official U.S. representative to INTERPOL, the world’s largest international criminal police organization, and its 194 member countries. In this capacity, he leads the U.S. Government’s efforts to share and exchange international criminal intelligence information across the INTERPOL communication platform, and has responsibility for all personnel and assets dedicated to INTERPOL Washington’s mission of supporting domestic and international law enforcement and border security operations around the globe.
Mr. Hughes has more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), beginning his career as a Deputy Marshal in 1991. In the course of his career he has worked a wide array of assignments including criminal investigations, protective operations, court security, human resources, asset forfeiture, and tactical operations. His experience at the USMS includes service as Chief Inspector in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program; Chief of the Office of Recruitment; Acting Deputy Assistant Director for the Human Resources Division; and Chief of the Office of Crisis Services.
Mr. Hughes served as the United States Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2011 to 2018. Serving in two consecutive Presidential Administrations, with advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, he was the appointed senior executive responsible for leading one of the largest, busiest, and most complex of all U.S. Marshals Service offices in protecting, defending, and enforcing the American justice system in our Nation’s capital.
Mr. Hughes has also served in an executive capacity on many criminal justice task forces and academic committees including the Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and American University’s School of Public Affairs Key Executive Program. In 2003, he was selected as a Legislative Fellow and served in a U.S. Senate office. As a legislative assistant in the United States Senate, he advised on policy issues in areas including criminal justice, law enforcement, the judiciary, and civil rights.
Mr. Hughes’ academic credentials include a Master of Public Administration degree from American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program, a Legislative Fellowship from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Montclair State University, N.J.