Michael Valverde, Acting Associate Director Field Operations Directorate

Experience and Achievements

Michael Valverde is the acting associate director of the Field Operations Directorate (FOD) as of Jan. 20, 2021.

He previously served as the deputy associate director of the Field Operations Directorate from Sept. 2015 to Jan. 2020. Prior to his selection, Valverde served in an acting capacity, managing the four regional offices and the National Benefits Center.

From August 2013 – May 2015, Valverde served as the deputy chief of the Refugee Affairs Division, which achieved nearly 70,000 refugee admissions in both fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The division attained this success while spending less on travel, nearly doubling the size of its officer corps and, with internal and external partners, building a new and comprehensive set of security procedures for the admission of Syrian refugees.

In September 2012, Valverde was selected as Refugee, Asylum and International Operations’ first chief of Performance Management and Planning. In that role, he led an effort to develop and implement a comprehensive RAIO training program as well as establish quality management and performance optimization programs. Before returning to RAIO headquarters, he served as the USCIS senior liaison officer to the United Kingdom Border Agency in London. He worked within the British immigration agency to develop bilateral relationships, share best practices and improve services.

Valverde has served as a federal immigration professional since 1997. His federal career began as a Presidential Management Intern with the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Office of Adjudications. He has served in various roles and offices, including the Administrative Appeals Office, the INS Office of Congressional Relations and the International Operations Division. He has developed policy and procedures and adjudicated cases for employment and family-based immigration benefits, refugee benefits, Temporary Protected Status and other immigration benefits.


Valverde was the valedictorian of his legacy INS BASIC class, attended the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University and graduated from the DHS SES Candidate Development Program. He has bachelor’s degrees in Latin American studies and government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Delaware.

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