Kristin Mace is the Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. As Chief, Kristin supervises the work of approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in all of the Criminal Division’s practice area sections in the Brooklyn office – General Crimes, International Narcotics & Money Laundering, Organized Crime & Gangs, National Security & Cybercrime, Business & Securities Fraud, Public Integrity, Civil Rights and Asset Recovery – as well as in the Central Islip office, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting the full range of federal crimes.
Kristin joined the Office in April 2011 and has served in the General Crimes and Organized Crime & Gangs Sections. Beginning in 2016, she served as the Deputy Chief and then Chief of Organized Crime & Gangs, and also served as the Witness Security Program coordinator for the Office. Kristin served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from April 2019 to June 2021, before becoming Chief in June 2021.
During her time in the Office, Kristin has worked on several significant investigations and prosecutions, primarily in the areas of racketeering, organized crime and gangs. Her most notable cases include those arising from the FIFA investigation, which broke new ground in combating a culture of corruption at the highest levels of organized soccer in the United States and around the world with criminal charges against over 50 defendants from more than 20 countries, resulting to date in convictions of over 20 individual and corporate defendants. In a six-week trial in 2017, Kristin and her colleagues convicted two high-ranking soccer officials on charges of racketeering conspiracy and related crimes based on their participation in schemes to accept tens of millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to various soccer tournaments. Her other trial convictions include the 2013 conviction of Bartolomeo Vernace, a member of the ruling panel of the Gambino crime family, after a five-week trial in which more than three decades of racketeering activity was proven, including two murders, drug trafficking, loansharking, gambling and robbery, and the 2015 conviction of the leader and two members of the Six Tre Folk Nation gang after a month-long trial on charges involving racketeering, three murders and numerous robberies. Kristin also prosecuted members of an international crime ring with ties to the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta following a coordinated investigation with Italian law enforcement in which 24 defendants were charged in the U.S. and Italy with drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses, a Gambino crime family associate for the execution-style murder of a criminal associate and a conspiracy to obstruct the grand jury investigation into the murder, and a Bonanno crime family associate for financial crimes relating to a scheme to defraud the Port Authority in connection with the One World Trade Center project located in lower Manhattan and a conspiracy to obstruct the grand jury investigation into his crimes.
Prior to joining the Office, Kristin clerked for the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips in the Central District of California and the Honorable Joel M. Flaum on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals before working for more than five years in the New York, Chicago and Geneva, Switzerland offices of Winston & Strawn LLP. Kristin graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of law in 2003 after receiving her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1996.