Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) senior officer Linda Criblez has joined the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) as the Homeland Security Division’s Chief of Intelligence.

In her new role, Criblez will spearhead GEMA/HS’ intelligence unit to expand the collection and sharing of analysis with the goal of enhancing public and school safety in Georgia.

Criblez has 25 years of experience with the CIA, having held various positions within the organization, starting as a European and African Analyst, before transitioning to Operations with positions culminating in Chief of Intelligence, Executive Director and Chief of Station assignments.

Criblez’s expertise of global intelligence, national security, crisis response, physical security, cybersecurity and counterterrorism will assist in innovative ways to better serve and protect Georgia from man-made emergencies. Criblez is a dual graduate of the University of Chicago, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Russian History and master’s in International Relations.