Deputy Director NCTC

Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center

Abby Johnson NCTC

Abby Johnson


Abby Johnson was named the Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in October 2022, previously serving as NCTC’s Executive Director.


Ms. Johnson has more than twenty years of experience working in the Intelligence Community and is a subject matter expert in U.S. government identities intelligence, watchlisting, and screening activities. She has served in various management, policy and strategy roles in Identities Intelligence, Countering Violent Extremism, Cyber Group, Foreign Terrorist Fighter efforts; and in multiple roles as an Intelligence Manger and Analyst.


She also served joint duty assignments at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Screening Center as the Deputy Director for Intelligence and Mission Development, and at the National Security Council’s Transborder Security Directorate as the Director for Identity Management and Biometrics Policy.


Ms. Johnson has received two NCTC Director’s awards, an NSC Service Medallion, and an ODNI Leadership and Service Award. She has a Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Radford University in Virginia.