Victor J. Valdez

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Victor J. Valdez
Occupation Chief Operating Officer and Managing Executive, Enforcement Division
Employer Securities and Exchange Commission
Location Washington, D.C.

Victor J. Valdez is chief operating officer and managing executive of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as of September 22, 2014. He was named to that position on September 8, 2014. In that role he oversees project management, information technology, and risk management, among other functions.

Valdez joined the SEC from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he was the deputy director of strategic planning and corporate programs for FDIC’s Corporate University. He previously served as the deputy director of strategic planning and resource management in FDIC’s Division of Risk Management Supervision.[1]


Before joining the FDIC, Valdez was an officer of the Senior National Intelligence Service with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He served with the ODNI as the chief of staff for the National Counterintelligence Executive and chief of staff for the Deputy Director for Operations Support, National Counterterrorism Center. He also served for over 20 years as an officer in the US Air Force. During his varied assignments, Valdez was a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, responsible for investigating criminal, terrorist, and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Department of Defense, and U.S. government.


Valdez received an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned graduate degrees in international affairs from Saint Mary’s University (Texas) and in military operational art and science from the Air Command and Staff College. He earned his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.