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Acting Director
Tae D. Johnson
Acting Director

Tae D. Johnson is the acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Johnson served in the role of the ICE Deputy Director.

Mr. Johnson executes oversight of ICE’s day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including more than 7,000 criminal investigators in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers in Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  Mr. Johnson administers operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and oversees an annual budget of over $8 billion. 

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Executive Associate Director for ERO. In this role, Mr. Johnson was responsible for the oversight, direction, and coordination of ERO in its mission to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of aliens who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws. Mr. Johnson managed a budget of approximately $4.4 billion and lead an organization of more than 7,900 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and six headquarters divisions, in more than 200 domestic locations and 25 overseas locations.

Prior to this position, Mr. Johnson served as the Assistant Director for ERO’s Custody Management Division, which provided policy and oversight for the administrative custody of about 40,000 detainees daily and roughly 500,000 detainees annually, at approximately 250 facilities nationwide.

Mr. Johnson began his federal career in Salisbury, Maryland, in 1992 with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a co-op student trainee. Over the past 28 years, Mr. Johnson performed many front line, supervisory, and management functions within INS and ICE.

Mr. Johnson transferred to ICE headquarters in 2007 where he served as detention and deportation officer, Unit Chief, Chief of Staff, and Special Assistant among other positions prior to becoming the Assistant Director for ERO’s Custody Management Division.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Salisbury University. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director
Patrick J. Lechleitner
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director

Patrick J. Lechleitner is currently the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mr. Lechleitner executes oversight of ICE’s day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including more than 7,000 criminal investigators in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers in Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In this role, Mr. Lechleitner oversees operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and administers an annual budget of over $8 billion.

Prior to this position, Mr. Lechleitner served as the Assistant Director for HSI’s International Operations Division. In this role, Mr. Lechleitner was responsible for administering a budget of more than $160 million and the operational oversight of 80 offices in 53 countries. With over 400 special agents and support personnel assigned to U.S. embassies, consulates, and Department of Defense liaison offices around the globe, HSI’s international footprint is DHS’s largest investigative presence abroad.

Throughout his career Mr. Lechleitner has served in several key leadership positions for HSI. Mr. Lechleitner was formerly the Special Agent in Charge for HSI Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all HSI investigations and field operations in the District of Columbia and the State of Virginia. At HSI headquarters, Mr. Lechleitner previously served as the Acting Assistant Director for the National Security Investigations Division as well as the Deputy Assistant Director overseeing HSI’s Cyber Crimes Division.

Prior to becoming a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service and then HSI in Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Lechleitner was a Fairfax County Police Officer. Before starting his law enforcement career, Mr. Lechleitner was a member of the U.S. military, where he served as a U.S. Navy signals intelligence specialist supporting national security interests.

Mr. Lechleitner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia, a Master of Arts degree in Criminology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and a Graduate certificate in Executive Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and a Senior DHS Fellow.

Timothy Perry
Timothy Perry
Chief of Staff

Timothy Perry is the Chief of Staff of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mr. Perry is an executive, attorney, and policy advisor with experience across the national and homeland security enterprise. Mr. Perry’s most recent government service was as Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the largest and most active of all state homeland security agencies. Prior to Cal OES, Mr. Perry was a member of the Los Angeles office of WilmerHale.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Perry was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, where he was the securities fraud coordinator and a member of the Major Frauds and Special Prosecutions section. While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Perry received the Department of Homeland Security ICE 2014 Director’s Award for Superior Dedication to Teamwork, the Homeland Security Investigations’ 2012 Executive Associate Director’s Award for Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments, and the U.S. Attorney General’s Award.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Perry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Perry has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joyce L. Kennard on the California Supreme Court and has worked as an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Mr. Perry earned his JD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. Before attending law school, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he monitored the implementation of portions of the 1996 constitution and received his M.Sc. in Political Studies. Mr. Perry received his BA from Brown University. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.

Corey A. Price
Corey A. Price
Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

Corey A. Price is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Executive Associate Director. In this role, Mr. Price leads ERO in its mission to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws. He is responsible for a budget of approximately $4.12 billion and leads more than 7,900 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and headquarters, in more than 200 domestic locations and 25 overseas locations.

Mr. Price has more than two decades of federal law enforcement experience. He began his career as a district adjudications officer before transitioning to deportation officer with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and he was a member of one of ICE’s first fugitive operations teams and an instructor at the ICE Academy. He has served on the Joint Terrorism Task Force and deployed to assist with public safety and evacuation efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Price served as the Field Office Director (FOD) for ERO’s El Paso Field Office. During his tenure, Mr. Price oversaw ERO operations in West Texas and New Mexico, leading a team of 331 employees with an area of responsibility covering 153,732 sq. miles and 688 miles along the Southwest border. He served as a member of the Joint Task Force - West Unified Command for the El Paso corridor and collaborated with federal, state, and local law enforcement on numerous efforts, including the Papal visit to the borderland, response to the southwest border surge, and the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats. Mr. Price has held numerous leadership positions within ERO including the Assistant Director for Enforcement and the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Executive Associate Director of ERO, acting FOD and Deputy FOD for the Atlanta Field Office; Acting Assistant Director for the Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Division; Director of the Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston, Vermont; Assistant Field Office Director in Columbus, Ohio; and Program Manager for the Fugitive Operations, Secure Border Initiative, and Executive Information Units at ERO Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Mr. Price began his federal career in 1992 in the U.S. Army and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Acting Executive Associate Director
Steve K. Francis
Acting Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations

Mr. Steve K. Francis is currently the Acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the principal investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security. HSI investigates, disrupts, and dismantles transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States. In this role, Mr. Francis oversees HSI’s workforce, which consists of over 10,000 employees to include special agents, criminal analysts, mission support personnel and contract staff assigned to over 220 offices throughout the United States and across 50 countries worldwide.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Francis was dual hatted as the Assistant Director for HSI’s Global Trade Investigations Division and the Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. In these roles, he oversaw HSI’s counterproliferation investigations, which prevents illicit procurement networks, terrorist groups, and hostile nations from illegally obtaining U.S. military products, sensitive dual-use technology, weapons of mass destruction, and nuclear materials. In addition, Mr. Francis led the federal government’s response to combat global intellectual property theft, enforce intellectual properties rights violations, and protect public health and safety.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Francis served as the Special Agent in Charge for HSI Detroit which has an area of responsibility that includes the states of Michigan and Ohio. During this time, Mr. Francis led and supported more than 220 law enforcement agents, intelligence analysts, and professional administrative staff charged with investigating over 400 violations of U.S. laws in furtherance of promoting national security, as well as public safety, and border security.

Mr. Francis has served in several critical leadership positions throughout his career and has been recognized for his achievements as he has been presented the DHS Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Management, HSI Excellence in Public Service, DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberty’s “Game Changer” Award for establishing the Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association, Top 25 Trademark Influencers Award, and Michigan State University’s 2020 Wall of Fame Award.

Mr. Francis is a proud alumnus of Michigan State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and is a member of the Center of Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Board of Directors.

Executive Associate Director, Management and Administration, Staci Barrera
Staci Barrera
Executive Associate Director, Management and Administration

Ms. Staci A. Barrera is the Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Management and Administration (M&A) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). M&A oversees ICE's budget, expenditures, accounting and finance, procurement, human resources and personnel, workforce recruitment, equal employment opportunity, information technology systems, facilities, property and equipment needs. In addition, Management and Administration identifies and tracks the agency's performance measurements.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Barrera – a member of the Senior Executive Service – served as Assistant Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Mission Support, where she has acted as the primary advisor to the HSI EAD on all administrative and management matters since January 2008. In that capacity, she was also responsible for a budget of more than $2 billion (from multiple sources) and approximately 150 employees.

In addition to Ms. Barrera’s HSI responsibilities, she also accepted two detail assignments: Acting Deputy EAD for M&A (July 2017 to October 2017) and Acting Human Capital Officer (October 2014 to September 2015). In both those detail assignments, Ms. Barrera demonstrated strong leadership, sound judgement, and expertise in overseeing a myriad of administrative programs supporting an ICE workforce of nearly 20,000 employees around the world.

Ms. Barrera has more than 26 years of government service. Prior to joining ICE in 2008, Ms. Barrera held a number of key leadership positions in the federal government. She served in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Executive Office for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, first as Associate Director and then as the Deputy Director, overseeing OCDETF’s national efforts, including budget, strategic planning and performance activities, the Attorney General’s Consolidated Priority Organization Target list, the State and Local Overtime program, and the Strike Force program. Ms. Barrera was also responsible for spearheading OCDETF’s efforts to create the OCDETF Fusion Center (OFC), a multi-agency, intelligence center focused on supporting drug and money laundering investigations.

Ms. Barrera holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

Associate Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, Waldemar Rodriguez
Waldemar Rodriguez
Associate Director, Office of Professional Responsibility

As the Associate Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Mr. Rodriguez is responsible for OPR’s efforts to ensure ICE’s organizational integrity through a multi-layered approach of investigations, security operations, inspections and detention oversight. He leads a unique organization that is equal parts law enforcement and security, internal affairs and inspections, and a vital service provider to ICE’s workforce, stakeholders and leadership. He is also the ICE Chief Security Officer.

Mr. Rodriguez strongly believes in his teams’ ability to meet and exceed mission requirements by anticipating needs and adapting to change. He cultivates a climate of respect and diversity of ideas to advance the organization, and values agility, honesty, courage and resolve. To promote a common vision and shared values, he challenges the status quo and strategically drives results and innovation, by developing and involving people in the decisions that impact their work. Mr. Rodriguez consistently mentors, advises and coaches others within and outside his organization, while he strives to develop his own skills and gain new perspectives.

Mr. Rodriguez has led enterprise-wide, intensive reviews of all OPR programs, each of which have resulted in significant organizational transformation that has modernized and enhanced OPR’s service to stakeholders within and outside of ICE. Among other accomplishments, these efforts have led to the development and deployment of the first ever Inspection and Detention Oversight case management system, the creation of mission-specific workload staffing models and performance reporting dashboards, as well as comprehensive resources to improve operational performance and mission support within and outside OPR.

Mr. Rodriguez entered the Senior Executive Service in 2011 and has over 29 years of law enforcement experience. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves as ex-officio member of the Police Standards, Ethics and Image Committee and has helped develop model policies to improve policing globally. Mr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Master of Public Administration.

Prior to OPR, he was the Special Agent in Charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso, Texas; in that capacity, he was responsible for operations throughout West Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Rodriguez began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Puerto Rico Police Officer, working as a criminal investigator in the Criminal Intelligence Bureau and task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1997, he began his federal service as a Special Agent with the Office of the Inspector General, Federal Emergency Management Agency. In 2001, he transferred to the former U.S. Customs Service.

John D. Trasviña
John D. Trasviña
Principal Legal Advisor

John D. Trasviña is the Principal Legal Advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mr. Trasviña has extensive experience in immigration law and policy matters. He is the former Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to his time as Dean, Mr. Trasviña served as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, managing over 580 employees and a budget exceeding $140 million per year, and President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), overseeing litigation and policy offices specializing in immigration law and policy, voting rights, education and community empowerment.

Mr. Trasviña began his legal career in 1983 as a San Francisco Deputy City Attorney before joining MALDEF in Washington, D.C., as Legislative Counsel.  He later was Judiciary Committee general counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Simon who was the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee and Chair of the Constitution Subcommittee. From 1993-97, Mr. Trasviña served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, representing the Department of Justice (DOJ) – including the former Immigration and Naturalization Service – before Congress on immigration, civil rights, nominations, prisons, and related legislative areas. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Trasviña as Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at DOJ.

Mr. Trasviña is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School.

Updated: 02/04/2021