Member Briefings – 2nd Quarter 2024 

FBI Case: The Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers

Join the San Diego Field Office and FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association,  Monday, June 24, 2024 from 6:00-8:30pm for a captivating presentation by Supervisory Special Agent Tim Brown, FBI Boston Division.  He will present on how the FBI and local law enforcement developed the case and captured the surviving terrorist.

After graduating from the FBI Academy in 2008, SSA Tim Brown was assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Boston Division. On April 15, 2013, SSA Brown responded to the Boston Marathon bombing and later was assigned as a Case Agent for the Boston Marathon investigation, serving as a lead investigator and prosecution team member. From 2016 to 2018, SSA Brown was assigned to FBI’s Counterterrorism Division in Washington, D.C. He has supervised the JTTF in Boston since 2019. SSA Brown is a recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service and the FBI Director’s Award. He earned an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and served as a United States Capitol Police Officer from 2004-2008.

All attendees must RSVP by June 21 have submitted an SF-85/LAR within the last two years. If unsure, complete and return the attached SF-85/LAR to SD_Outreach@FBI.GOV  Don’t miss this critically important briefing to be held at National University, 9388 Lightwave Ave, San Diego. Register your attendance and one guest here. Boston Marathon Bombing Briefing

Previous briefings have included:

  • Criminal Cyber Threats & Trends with FBI Intelligence Analyst David Tomasz
  • COVID-19 Fraud
  • The Fentanyl Epidemic and Law Enforcement’s response in San Diego County (view Toolkit for Education & Awareness)
  • A “Law & Order” panel of law enforcement and public safety leaders moderated by former U. S. Attorney Bob Brewer, including:
    • FBI San Diego Special Agent in Charge Stacey Moy
    • County of San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan
    • San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief Paul Connelly
    • San Diego County Sheriff Anthony Ray
    • First Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Haden
  • Chabad of Poway – both the tragic shooting and the tax fraud case the Rabbi was under investigation for at the time of the unrelated shooting.
  • The global partnership targeting encrypted communications devices as part of Operation Trojan Shield
  • Elder fraud and the new San Diego FBI Elder Justice Task Force.
  • Domestic Terrorism debrief from a FBI Special Agent, including an important reminder that tips from the general community generate successful leads for the FBI.
  • FBI’s Art Crime Team and recent trends in art crimes, the prevalence of forgeries, and how collectors and galleries can protect themselves from fraud.
  • Election security, including representatives from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, FBI Public Corruption Squad, and U.S. Postal Inspectors.
  • Executive Assistant Director John Brown from the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters highlighted the threat posed by the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party to the economic and national security of the United States.
  • An FBI Hostage Negotiator provided a briefing about managing your emotional state during a crisis.
  • A Secret Service agent provided a fascinating briefing on counterfeit currency.
  • FBI Supervisory Special Agent Oscar Medina, from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, provided an Unclassified Case Briefing on Countering Violent Extremists.
  • US Attorney Robert Brewer provided an overview of the Southern District, his priorities, and what is needed from the public to continue protecting our communities.
  • Harbor Police Chief Stainbrook and City of San Diego Homeland Security Program Manager Matthew Brown briefed members about security in the Port of San Diego.
  • Michelle Hart, FBI Special Agent from the Violent Crimes Squad, highlighted a case involving an international murder investigation and conviction(s) following a federal jury trial. The case was featured on the CNBC docu-series, Deadly Rich.
  • Todd Hemmen, FBI Supervisory Special Agent with the Violent Crimes Against Children and Civil Rights squad, briefed members about human trafficking, a $150 billion per year industry. If you think you may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888.
  • Jim Verdi, FBI Special Agent Bomb Team, provided a fascinating briefing about the Escondido bomb house case.
  • A Special Agent from the San Diego FBI Division’s Public Corruption Squad and the Public Corruption Task Force presented on public corruption, including several San Diego area case examples. Public corruption, the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. The FBI is uniquely situated to combat corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance:

Members-Only Tours

Each year, the FBISDCAAA invites members in good standing to join special tours. Information about our upcoming tours has been emailed to members.






Recent tour highlights include:

  • Behind-the-scenes at the San Diego Food Bank’s warehouse, packaging, and composting operation that supports more than 350,000 food insecure San Diegans each year.
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park, members learned of the invaluable conservation endeavors of endangered animals and experienced Tiger Trail to enjoy the adorable antics of brother and sister Sumantran tiger cubs.
  • At the Coast Guard San Diego sector, members saw an H60 helicopter and several vessels.
  • Members enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to the San Diego Sheriff’s Regional Crime Laboratory.
  • At a “Top Gun” tour of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, members learned that newly winged aviators go through about 100 hours of simulator training and flights in their first year on the F-18.
  • Southern California’s Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON): The busiest radar facility of its kind in the world, members learned that the 230+ air traffic controllers on staff are responsible for 18,000 miles of air space across 46 public airports.
  • San Diego International Airport: After a walking tour of Terminal 2, members got an exciting up-close drive on the airfield and learned about the measures the airport takes to secure the airfield, including the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), the Perimeter Intrusion Detection Fence, the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station, Air Traffic Control Tower, Spooky Eyes, Blast Fence and Thermal Imaging.
  • San Diego Border Patrol: The group traveled along the border and saw various fence structures, a WW2 bunker, and Friendship Park. From the time the US-Mexico Boundary Commission first met at Friendship Park in 1849, at the end of the US-Mexico War, people have met at Friendship Park to visit across the international boundary. During this time, the park has been characterized by goodwill and an absence of violence.

Citizens Academy

Each year, a new cohort participates in weekly meetings and briefings. Learn more about FBI Citizens Academy nominations. The next class is scheduled to begin in spring 2024. A pre-class social allowed new academy members to meet and get acquainted and scoop up some FBI Citizens Academy swag in the form of caps, jackets, polos and pins!


Membership Social Events

Our 2023 FBISDCAAA holiday party at The University Club was a lot of fun. Previous member events include happy hours and a summer garden party.    


FBI Teen Academy

The FBI San Diego Division hosted 70 high school students for two, one-day Teen Academies in summer 2019. Teens learned about good decision making, FBI careers, human trafficking, violent extremist recruiting, the FBI deadly force policy, the dangers of drugs, met a drug dog, learned how to take fingerprints, role played a felony car stop with SWAT agents, and practiced split second decision making with the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS). They also had a delicious lunch, sponsored by the FBISDCAAA, during which they had small group career mentoring sessions with agents and professional staff. At the end of the day, graduates received certificates and were designated as “Teen Ambassadors”, eligible to volunteer at information booths for community outreach events throughout the year.

If you know a teen who might be interested in the Teen Academy, learn more at
Watch news segment videos from 2014 and 2016.


Junior Special Agent Graduation

In April 2019, our chapter supported 20 students from the Monarch School in becoming FBI Junior Special Agents, including presentation of a badge and certificate. The Monarch School provides children with educational skills and tools to overcome the odds against homelessness, and the Junior Special Agent Program gives fifth graders in disadvantaged neighborhoods the information, skills, and discipline they need to stay away from gangs, drugs, and crime. The FBISDCAAA is proud to support this program as one of our community outreach projects. Students learn about the FBI’s mission and core values, and how law enforcement serves and protects their communities.



FBISDCAAA hosted a successful holiday party for the 5th Graders at Monarch School San Diego in December 2019. The Adopt-A-School event is part of the FBI Community Outreach Program. Students presented FBISDCAAA representatives with a thank you card and Hershey kisses. The lesson they were practicing is that it is important to express gratitude when they receive.