- Linda M. Krieg
- Acting Chief Executive Officer
Linda Krieg was named acting CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® in March 2015. NCMEC is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Ms. Krieg previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She joined NCMEC in May 2010 after a 20-year career with the FBI. As acting CEO, Krieg oversees the organization’s staff, consultants and volunteers, numbering more than 450.
As COO of NCMEC, Krieg oversaw the center’s federal grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The grant – awarded annually to NCMEC since 1984 – funds the organization’s most critical work: its mission of bringing missing children home, stopping child sexual exploitation and assisting law enforcement. Krieg also played a key role in the center’s transformation of utilizing emerging technologies to help make children’s lives safer.
During her long career with the FBI, Ms. Krieg held a variety of positions. She served as on-scene commander in a command post investigating the disappearance of two young boys in Milwaukee. She also supervised the first deployment of the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.
Ms. Krieg was a founding member and team leader of the Chicago Evidence Response Team. She deployed and led the team during several major crime scene investigations including the 1998 embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya; the 1996 Atlanta Olympics’ bombing; and the 1994 crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 in Indiana. In 2000, Ms. Krieg was promoted to the role of a supervisory special agent in the Crimes Against Children Unit and served as the FBI liaison to NCMEC.
Ms. Krieg received a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Baruch College.