Shannon Corless was selected to serve as the Assistant Secretary for OIA in January 2022.
Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Corless was an accomplished member of the Senior National Intelligence Service at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where she served for over 15 years. For the last five years, Ms. Corless held management positions at the ODNI supporting the highest levels of government, including serving as the Intelligence Community’s first Economic Security and Financial Intelligence Executive. In this role, she directed and oversaw national intelligence activities, led engagements with foreign governments and private sector partners to collaborate on issues of shared concern, and coordinated IC efforts on economic security and financial intelligence threats. Prior to her selection to lead EFX, Ms. Corless served as the Director of the National Intelligence Council’s (NIC) Investment Security Group (ISG), overseeing multi-agency intelligence assessments in support of U.S. Government-led investment security reviews.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Ms. Corless received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Business from the Florida State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tampa.