Meet Lisa Monaco
By Andrew Ramonas | May 5, 2022 4:23 pm

Lisa Monaco (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

Lisa Monaco (Harvard University, University of Chicago Law School) was nominated on March 17 to lead the Justice Department National Security Division. She would succeed David Kris, who resigned as the National Security Division Assistant Attorney General in March.

Her vitals:

  • Born in Boston in 1968.
  • Has been Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General since January, after serving in that position in an acting capacity since February 2010.
  • Was Associate Deputy Attorney General from January 2009 to February 2010.
  • Served as Chief of Staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller from September 2007 to January 2009.
  • Was Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Mueller from April 2007 to September 2007.
  • Served as a Special Counsel to the FBI Director from January 2006 to April 2007 while on detail from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Was a prosecutor on the Enron Task Force from May 2004 to January 2006 while on detail from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office from January 2001 to April 2007.
  • Was a Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno from November 1998 to January 2001.
  • Clerked for Judge Jane Roth of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from September 1997 to July 1998.
  • Was the treasurer at The Chicago Law Foundation, a scholarship organization, from 1995 to 1997.
  • Was a summer associate at Hogan and Hartson LLP from June 1996 to September 1996.
  • Interned at the White House Counsel’s Office from July 1996 to August 1996.
  • Interned at the DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs from July 1995 to September 1995.
  • Interned for Judge Wendell Gardner of the D.C. Superior Court from June 1995 to July 1995.
  • Served as a research coordinator for the Senate Judiciary Committee under then-Chairman Joseph Biden from June 1992 to September 1994.
  • Was a senior associate at Health Care Advisory Board, a health care research and consulting firm, from from June 1991 to June 1992.
  • Was a research assistant for the Wilson Quarterly, a magazine from the nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, from July 1990 to July 1991.
  • Received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2006, along with DOJ special achievement awards in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
  • Has tried 15 jury trial to verdict, serving as sole counsel in 10 cases.
  • Has tried about 35 non-jury trials to verdict.

Click here for her Senate Judiciary questionnaire.

On her Senate Judiciary financial disclosure, Monaco reported assets valued at $756,291 mostly from real estate, and $314,258 in liabilities, mostly from a mortgage, for a net worth of $442,032.


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