Dan Leopold (MPA ’03) recently was promoted to the chief intelligence officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago.
In his new role, Leopold coordinates the intelligence efforts of a six-state region, which includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas. In particular, Leopold is the senior intelligence manager responsible for management, liaison, and programmatic oversight for HSI Chicago’s intelligence program.
As the largest investigative agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), HSI focuses on a variety of investigations, such as exporting sensitive technologies, terrorism, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and human smuggling and trafficking, among many other topics.
Prior to his promotion, Leopold was a senior intelligence analyst working counterterrorism and gang investigations with HSI Chicago. Before that, he worked for the DHS Office of Intelligence in Washington, D.C., where he was a senior counterterrorism analyst focused on al-Qa’ida-related threats to the United States. In that role, Leopold spent a significant amount of time at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) focusing on DHS countermeasures to the various terrorist threats at the time.
Before joining DHS, Leopold was on the 9-11 Commission staff, where he researched and wrote on topics related to terrorist travel as well as airline, visa and border security.
Leopold continues to reflect fondly on his experience at La Follette, where he was able to further refine his analytic skills, work for real clients under strict time constraints in the Capstone course, and learn how to work in a group environment to tackle difficult public policy problems. Leopold also remains thankful to the Board of Visitors for their mentorship.