Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Donna Peterson began her FBI career in the Los Angeles field office where she worked transnational computer intrusions, insider threats, and online fraud. SSA Peterson then transitioned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she managed the criminal cyber program, focusing on transnational cybercrime and attacks on the U.S. financial infrastructure. SSA Peterson spent several years in international operations and as an assistant legal attaché in Canberra, Australia, handling national security issues. In 2014, SSA Peterson returned to the U.S. to manage several national security programs in Oakland. In 2017, SSA Peterson was selected to serve as the FBI detailee to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, focusing on national security and cybersecurity policy. SSA Peterson currently supervises the criminal cyber squad responsible for investigating insider threats, DDOS attacks, ransomware, and business email compromises in San Francisco and the East Bay.
Prior to joining the FBI, SSA Peterson was a Russian cryptologic linguist with the U.S. Air Force. SSA Peterson holds a Master’s degree in cybersecurity policy from the University of Maryland – Global Campus.