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West Coast - Palm Springs, California, June 25-28, 2018. Hotel rates will be equivalent to the government schedule. Room availability several days before and after the training so you can take a day or two for yourself, bring family or meet with friends.

Regina Lombardo
Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) Field Operations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives        President, WIFLE, Inc. Executive Committee

Special Agent Regina Lombardo serves as ATF’s Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of Field Operations.  Agent Lombardo was selected to the executive team bringing her 25 years of operational experience and her ability to cultivate a positive, high energy workforce to the ATF leadership team.  She provides both strategic and operational leadership to field enforcement executives throughout the Central areas of the United States.

Prior to taking the helm, Special Agent Lombardo was fortunate enough to find her way back to the sunshine State of Florida, where she initially started her career as a Special Agent, to hold the position of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Tampa Field Division.  There, she provided executive level leadership in the development of all criminal enforcement and industry operations in 58 of the 67 counties in the State of Florida. Her leadership brought about cultural change, instilling accountability and motivation to her workforce.  She devoted her time to building strong trusting partnerships with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Florida and focused on ATF’s core mission of reducing violent crime.

Prior to her SAC position in Florida, Special Agent Lombardo accepted the challenging position as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office, where she was responsible for the oversight and direction of the New York Field Division.  The New York office encompasses New York City and the entire State of New York to include offices along the Canadian border. She developed solid partnerships with NYPD and the NY State Police that led to much of the success in accomplishing ATF’s Smart on Crime approach to Gun Violence.     

In 2012, Special Agent Lombardo was appointed Chief of the ATF Leadership Institute.   She was tasked with the critical mission to design, develop and execute a new leadership journey model for ATF’s total workforce which initiated a new shift in creating a cultural change for ATF, “Leadership Day One”.  This new philosophy focused on instilling the qualities of leadership, a balance of competence and character, from the inception of one’s career with ATF.  She created a new Division for ATF, titled “Leadership and Professional Development” (LPD) which is now the current foundation of ATF’s training and development for future ATF leaders. 

Prior to her time in Leadership and Professional Development, Special Agent Lombardo served as the Assistant Country Attaché for ATF in Toronto, Canada, a diplomatic position in which she held for seven years under the Department of State.  Her primary mission in Canada was to enhance cross border cooperation and cultivate a close working relationship between U.S. and Canadian law enforcement.  Her expertise of facilitating proactive cross border weapons trafficking operations led to the foundation and creation of ATF’s first office in Toronto, Canada.  She designed, developed and executed the first “Crime Gun Analysis Team” utilizing ATF‘s Gun Center concept, bringing her expertise and passion for working firearms trafficking investigations to her position.  Her seven year assignment led to hundreds of successful cross border proactive enforcement operations, creating a strong footprint for ATF.  This model approach was presented to the highest levels of government as best practices, instilling the shared responsibility mantra with both the US and Canada. That foundation still exists today. 

Early on in her career, Special Agent Lombardo spent five years as the Supervisory Special Agent for the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force in Miami, Florida.   She managed a multi-agency task force that proactively targets home invasion robbery groups, police impersonators and drug related violent crime organizations.  While under her strong leadership, Lombardo’s team was awarded the Miami Dade “Outstanding Law Enforcement Group Award of the Year” for three consecutive years.  She is most noted and respected by her peers for her leadership style, a balance between the heart and sword and leads from within.

 Special Agent Lombardo began her federal career in 1992 when she joined ATF serving as a Special Agent in the Miami Field Division.  It is there she established a solid foundation for her career. She led many investigations and conducted undercover operations involving armed narcotics trafficking organizations as both case agent and undercover agent.  As a very diverse field agent, Lombardo was highly recognized for her ability to develop and initiate complex investigations involving armed violent crime groups.  Many of her complex investigations have led to receiving many leadership awards and recognition by the highest ranking government officials.

Special Agent Lombardo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and is a member of several organizations which include: Women in Federal Law Enforcement, The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Florida Sheriffs Association, the International Associations of Chiefs of Police and Major City Chiefs.