Carnegie Endowment for International Peace President and Career Diplomat William Burns has been selected by President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.)

Please click here to access Ambassador Burn’s biography.


Commenting on the nomination, President-Elect Biden stated:

“Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure. He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect. Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment, and perspective we need to prevent and confront threats before they can reach our shores. The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director.”

Vice President-Elect Harris relayed:

“Keeping our nation safe and secure requires intelligence that is apolitical and puts the American people first. A national security expert with decades of experience serving under Democratic and Republican presidents, Ambassador Bill Burns has a deep understanding of the global threats and challenges facing our country. He will lead the CIA with independence and integrity, always honoring our nation’s intelligence professionals. And President-elect Joe Biden and I will work closely with Ambassador Burns — and our entire national security team — to prevent and prevail over any threat against the United States of America.”

Ambassador Burns is the last cabinet-level position to be filled by the Biden/Harris team.