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Andrew G. Arena

Executive Director

Graduate Studies in History, Cambridge University
B.S., Central Michigan University
J.D., University of Detroit School of Law
Executive Director, Detroit Crime Commission


Andrew Arena was born in Dearborn, Michigan and raised in Detroit. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in June 1985 from Central Michigan University and also studied in England at Cambridge University. In May 1988, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Mr. Arena entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in June 1988. His first office of assignment was the Albany Division, Syracuse Resident Agency, where he worked general criminal and organized crime matters. In July 1993, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Division and was assigned as team leader of a violent street gang task force.

In July 1995, Mr. Arena was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters. In 1997, he was appointed supervisor of the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders’ Squad in the Cleveland Division. He was then promoted to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of the Youngstown Resident Agency in the Cleveland Division. Investigations in Youngstown focused on the systemic public corruption and organized crime that had long plagued the area.

Mr. Arena was designated Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Division by then Director Louis J. Freeh on March 22, 2001. In this position, he oversaw the Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence programs. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Arena was promoted to Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI Headquarters. The following year, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence and assigned to the Director's Office.

Director Robert S. Mueller, III promoted Mr. Arena to the position of Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division on February 24, 2004. Mr. Arena was responsible for all criminal investigations in the New York Office. On March 1, 2007, Mr. Arena assumed the position of Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Division and he retired from the FBI with over 23 years of dedicated service.  

In June 2012, he assumed the duties of Executive Director of the Detroit Crime Commission. Mr. Arena currently teaches National Security Law II-Law of Terrorism and Intelligence Law & Privacy for the Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. program.