As President of Guidepost’s National Security Practice, Stephanie Douglas, focuses on working with both law firms and corporate clients to address business issues with national security implications. Ms. Douglas leads client engagements relative to CFIUS matters, and works with team members on U.S. sanctions cases, export compliance and trade compliance issues. Additionally, she conducts sensitive internal and white collar crime investigations, including those relative to intellectual property protection. She has extensive experience in the management and oversight of both criminal and national security investigations and domestic and global security operations and policy development. Ms. Douglas works with organizations to identify risks, think through sensible and cost-efficient mitigations and engages leadership in making long term and productive changes. She maintains a TS Clearance.
Ms. Douglas has a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors. She retired as a Senior Executive from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2013 where she oversaw the FBI’s national security investigations and operations. Following her time in the FBI, Ms. Douglas was recruited by Pacific Gas & Electric to serve as its Senior Director of Corporate Security where she oversaw risk mitigation and issue response.
Ms. Douglas served in a variety of influential roles and as Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch, she oversaw all the FBI’s work related to domestic and international counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction and intelligence matters. In this position, she represented the FBI in discussions of national security policy along with other US Intelligence Community partners and national security staff. She oversaw the FBI’s role in providing intelligence and advising on mitigations relative to CFIUS matters. She also served as the FBI’s Chief Intelligence Officer.
Prior to the above position, Ms. Douglas served as the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s San Francisco Division for over three years. In this position, she led all investigative and administrative operations of the division including those focused on sensitive national security issues.
Ms. Douglas’s other FBI positions include those as Special Agent, then Supervisory Special Agent, where she ran special investigations and counter espionage operations, and she served as a FBI Inspector, managing high profile and politically sensitive investigations. During her tenure, she also served as the Deputy Assistant Director, Counterintelligence, and oversaw strategy and budget for the FBI’s counterintelligence resources.
Ms. Douglas continues to maintain excellent relationships in both the government and private sectors. She is sought after for her invaluable insight and judgment and is sensitive to the needs of business and provides sound practical advice. Ms. Douglas splits her time between Guidepost’s San Francisco and Washington, DC offices.