SPEAKER THIS WEEK: Ricardo Grave de Peralta

This week's speaker is Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta FBI, Ricardo Grave de Peralta.

Mr. Grave de Peralta entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in May 1998. From September 1998 to March 2004 Mr. Grave de Peralta was assigned to the Washington Field Division, where he worked Counterintelligence investigations and was a member of the division's SWAT team. From July 2003 to March 2004, Mr. Grave de Peralta was the acting Supervisor for squad CI-3.

From October 2001 to July 2003, Mr. Grave de Peralta was assigned to the 9/11 PENTBOM Investigation. During this assignment he served seven months at the naval facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba focused on special interrogation projects relating to the 9/11 attacks. In March 2004, Mr. Grave de Peralta was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Counterterrorism Division, International Terrorism Operations Section I, where he served as the program manager for Al Qaeda investigations in the San Diego, Sacramento and Las Vegas Divisions.

In May 2007, Mr. Grave de Peralta was promoted to Unit Chief in the Terrorist Financial Operations Section. Significant accomplishments include a joint international initiative resulting in hundreds of blocks of financial transactions destined to directly fund terrorist operations; The identification of a U.S based Hamas procurement network; Convictions in the Holy Land Foundation trial; The disruption and asset forfeiture of the Iranian Alavi Foundation in New York totaling more than $500 million.

In 2007, Mr. Grave de Peralta became a Certified Intelligence Officer, and successfully served as the Deputy On-Scene Commander for FBI operations in Afghanistan in 2008. From May 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Grave de Peralta was assigned to Legal Attaché Office in Canberra, Australia where he worked national security matters with the Intelligence Services and Federal/State Law Enforcement agencies for key U.S. allies in Australia and New Zealand.

From February 2012 to November 2014, Mr. Grave de Peralta was selected as the SSA for the Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force and Counterterrorism Program Coordinator. During this period, he led a 25-man Task Force and saw several counterterrorism investigations to a positive resolution. In November 2014, Mr. Grave de Peralta was promoted to his current position as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the National Security Branch which consists of the Counterintelligence, Cyber and Counterterrorism Programs for the FBI Atlanta Division.

Mr. Grave de Peralta is a graduate of the University Of Rhode Island School of Business receiving his bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance in May 1989. In March 2010 he completed his thesis and obtained his master’s degree in Homeland Security and National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Grave de Peralta served as a Naval Special Warfare Officer with SEAL Team EIGHT, SEAL Team FOUR, The Navy Parachute Team and Naval Special Warfare Group TWO while on active duty. He retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserve in February 2010. He is the recipient of the 2008 FBI Director's Award for Special Achievement

Mr. Grave de Peralta is married to Tiffany (U.S. Navy, Retired) and has two sons Kellen and Evan.Page Contenta

Posted by Tania Lopez
July 31, 2018


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