Marc Varri retired from the FBI with more than 25 years of experience and currently lives in Madrid, Spain. During his career, he served almost ten years as the Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, as the senior FBI and Department of Justice official, responsible for all aspects of governmental policy and law enforcement relations for Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra. In this position, he was responsible for fostering strategic partnerships with host countries, with multi-lateral partners and with other U.S. law enforcement, intelligence and security services as well as coordinating investigative, intelligence collection and enforcement operations in the region. He previously served with the FBI in Philadelphia, San Juan, and Miami. In Miami, he held management positions coordinating international terrorism investigations globally, deploying resources extensively throughout the world, and coordinating investigative activity with foreign and U.S. government, military, law enforcement and intelligence services. He also led one of the FBI specialized Extraterritorial Units coordinating the FBI’s response to terrorist attacks, hostage-taking and homicides of U.S. citizens in Central and South America.
Mr. Varri was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. Prior to working for the FBI, Mr. Varri was a systems engineer in Virginia. Mr. Varri entered on duty as a Special Agent (SA) of the FBI on August 25, 1991. From 1991 through 1995, SA Varri was assigned to the Philadelphia Division, where he investigated Colombian drug trafficking organizations. During this assignment, SA Varri was also detailed to the Violent Crime and Homicide Task Force in Camden, New Jersey to assist in a major case investigation. In 1995, SA Varri was transferred to the San Juan Division where he was responsible for investigating South American drug trafficking and money laundering organizations as a field agent until 1998. In 1998, SA Varri was transferred to the Miami Division and assigned to the Extraterritorial Squad. In 2000, SA Varri was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) for Miami Division's Extraterritorial Squad. During this tenure, SSA Varri coordinated the FBI response to terrorist attacks, hostage taking and homicides of U.S. citizens in Central and South America. Immediately following the September 11 attacks, SSA Varri was transferred to supervise Miami's International Terrorism - Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In this position, SSA Varri had oversight for the Miami aspect of the PENTTBOM investigation as well as all other investigations involving radical fundamentalists in the South Florida territory. From 2005 through 2010, SSA Varri was assigned as Legal Attaché (Legat) in Madrid, Spain, where he was responsible for promoting the interests of the FBI in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra. From 2010 through 2012, SA Varri returned to the Miami Division and continued to investigate the hostage taking and homicides of U.S. citizens in Central and South America. SA Varri is also a Crisis Negotiator, a Crisis Management Coordinator and a General Police Instructor for the FBI. SA Varri is a fluent Spanish speaker and prior to his appointment with the FBI, he has resided in numerous countries throughout Latin America and Europe. Legat Varri reported to Madrid as the Legal Attaché on October 8, 2012. He is married and has a son.