Mary E. Galligan was named the FBI/New York Office's (NYO) first female Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in July 2010. As the SAC of the Special Operations/Cyber Division, NYO, she leads over 400 employees in the largest technical and physical surveillance operation in the FBI and oversees all New York cyber investigations. She is also responsible for the Special Events and Crisis Management Programs consisting of SWAT, Evidence Response, Underwater Search and Recovery, and Rapid Deployment.
Ms. Galligan entered the FBI as a Special Agent in April, 1988. After training, she served in the NYO where she gained broad criminal, terrorism, and intelligence gathering experience. She traveled to Yemen as one of the FBI's On-Scene-Commanders of the investigation into the bombing of the USS Cole and traveled to Tanzania after the 1998 bombing of the United States (US) Embassy.
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Ms. Galligan was designated as the supervisor over the FBI's investigation into the attacks, dubbed PENTTBOM, where she oversaw all aspects of the investigation with a team of 75 Investigators. As the PENTTBOM Team Leader, she developed a case management and investigative strategy to deal with the largest investigation in FBI history which included evidence and intelligence gathering, and the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui. She traveled to GITMO and various cities in the US, Spain, France, and Germany to meet with intelligence and law enforcement officials. In this role, Ms. Galligan briefed numerous entities of the US Government and the public sector including the FBI Director, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, the 9/11 Commission and staff, members of the National Security Council, the press, the US Military, and the families of 9/11 victims.
In August 2004, Ms. Galligan was designated as Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in the Administrative Division, NYO. She was responsible for overseeing the office's personnel, infrastructure and budget matters, as well as investigations of alleged misconduct by employees. In February, 2006, Ms. Galligan was designated ASAC, Counterintelligence Division, NYO. She led the entities responsible for technically supporting and facilitating the gathering of information for the US Intelligence Community. In September, 2008, Ms. Galligan was named as an Inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. She was selected to head the Risk Based Management (RBM) Project, a Director's initiative establishing a transparent procedure for informing the FBI's resource allocation process. In July, 2009, she was promoted to Chief Inspector of the FBI, where she oversaw the Office of Inspections, ensuring FBI investigative, financial, and administrative programs were in compliance with governing laws, requirements, and policies.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, a Master's Degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI. She attended the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University and the Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is an FBI-certified Crisis Negotiator and Crisis Manager.