Kenneth A. Blanco
Mr. Blanco is the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a Bureau within the Department of Treasury, established to support law enforcement and global efforts against domestic and international financial crimes via the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information from the financial sector. FinCEN administers regulations to guard against money laundering and terrorism financing and enforces compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, among other authorities delegated to the Director through the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001.
Mr. Blanco is the 8th person to hold the position of Director of FinCEN. Prior to his appointment as Director by the Secretary of the Treasury in December of 2017, Mr. Blanco served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice from January 2017 until November 2017, and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General from April 2008 until January 2017.
After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989, Mr. Blanco began his career at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where he served in various sections including the Organized Crime Section, Public Corruption Section, and the Major Narcotics Section. In 1998, Mr. Blanco joined the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney and served in numerous leadership positions including Deputy Chief of Narcotics/Chief of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Acting Chief of Narcotics, and Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Section.
During his time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Blanco was detailed to Washington D.C. from December 2002 to August 2004 to serve as General Counsel to the 94 United States Attorney’s Offices and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys. In 2006, Mr. Blanco returned to Washington D.C. to serve as the Chief of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section at the Department of Justice. He was later promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant Attorney General, where he supervised the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, Organized Crime and Gang Section, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and matters relating to Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico and Panama.