Director of Office of Overseas Protective Operations, U.S. Department of State
Nick Sabruno is the Director of Diplomatic Security Service’s Office of Overseas Protective Operations (OPO) at the US Department of State. As the OPO Director, he leads over 155 law enforcement and security professionals who manage programs totaling $1.8 billion in annual expenditures to deploy over 40,000 security personnel at all US diplomatic facilities worldwide. His previous assignments include tours as the Director of the Office of
Antiterrorism Assistance, Deputy Regional Security Officer (DRSO) for Security Operations at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and DRSO for Protective Operations at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He also served as the Regional Security Officer (RSO) Dhaka, Bangladesh, RSO Chennai/Calcutta, India, and as an Assistant RSO in Hong Kong. Domestically he served as Chief of the High Threat Protection Division in OPO and as Chief of the Criminal Fraud Investigations Branch. He began his DS career as a Special Agent in the Washington Field Office. Previously, he worked in the private security sector and in corrections. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in German from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran of the US Navy and joined the Diplomatic Security Service in 1999.