Brenda L. Heck on Monday was named special agent in charge of the Washington, D.C., field office’s Counterterrorism Division. Most recently she served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. Heck has worked for the bureau for more than 22 years.
She joined the FBI in 1988 after completing new agent training at the FBI Academy and began working at the New York field office. Heck spent 14 years in the office working on investigations involving fugitives, crimes against children and civil rights.
In 2002, Heck was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Section, at FBI Headquarters. Most recently she s served as a supervisory special agent, unit chief and assistant section chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.
Prior to joining the bureau she was a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service from 1985 to 1988.
Heck earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and her master’s degree in homeland security and defense studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.