Charles M. Steele was appointed Associate Director for Enforcement in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), United States Department of the Treasury, in August 2011. Before that, he served for two years as the Deputy Director of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), where he worked with the law enforcement, intelligence, financial, and regulatory communities to help ensure the effective coordination of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing initiatives.
Prior to joining FinCEN Mr. Steele served in the United States Department of Justice for 21 years, most recently in a number of positions in the National Security Division, including as Chief of Staff to the first two Assistant Attorneys General for National Security. Before that he served in two positions in the FBI: Deputy General Counsel, overseeing at various times the Office of the General Counsel's criminal investigative and national security law branches, and Chief of Staff to the FBI Director.
Prior to joining the FBI Mr. Steele served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted violent crime and drug cases, and in Phoenix, Arizona, where he prosecuted white collar crime cases. He also practiced law with private sector firms in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center.