In his capacity as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Forensic Sciences at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Nelson Santos leads the largest de-centralized forensic science laboratory system in the federal government, including eight regional laboratories, six sub-regional laboratories, and one research laboratory, together consisting of over 550 scientific, technical, and administrative personnel. He serves as the
Upon graduating in 1987, he worked as a Forensic Chemist in Miami and held supervisory and managerial positions in Miami, Chicago
Mr. Santos chaired the Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors (CFFLD) for three years, and from 2004-2006 he served on the Board of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). He remains an active member of ASCLD, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Forensics Committee and Interpol’s Forensic Science Managers Organizing Committee. Mr. Santos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (’87) from Florida International University and a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University.