Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General

Lisa Monaco

Deputy Attorney General

Lisa Oudens Monaco was born in February 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. She worked as an intern in the White House Counsel office during President Clinton’s administration. While in law school, she also interned at the D.C. Supreme Court and for the U.S. Department of Justice. Following law school, she clerked at the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. 

She spent six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. Later she worked for FBI Director Robert Mueller, becoming his chief of staff. Monaco was appointed Associate Deputy Attorney General focusing on national security issues. She later served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. 

During President Obama’s second term, she was his assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism. She later became a statutory member of the U.S. Homeland Security Council. In 2017, Monaco joined CNN as a political analyst and was a member of an international law firm. 

She was nominated to serve as Deputy Attorney General by President Joe Biden. She was confirmed by the Senate and assumed her position in April 2021. 

In the News…

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the Department of Justice has established a series of policy changes to identify and address repeat corporate misconduct and prioritize individual prosecutions of white collar crime. 

Speaking at an industry conference, she said the department will restore guidance that companies will need to provide full lists of people involved in any misconduct in order to receive any credit for cooperation from prosecutors. Monaco said the Justice Department leaders “will urge prosecutors to be bold in holding accountable those who commit criminal conduct.” 

The department will also have prosecutors review a company’s full criminal, civil, and regulatory record when considering how to resolve an investigation into wrongdoing, the deputy attorney general said. Previously the department focused primarily on similar types of misconduct when weighing a settlement. 

Monaco said the department has begun to review data on corporate resolutions in a bid to understand better when not to use certain types of settlements in which it agrees not to prosecute a company in exchange for a fine and promises of better behavior. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Deputy Attorney General Monaco? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Lisa Monaco 
Deputy Attorney General 
Department of Justice 
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20530 


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