Appointee Directory

David Wayne Hagy -- Department of Justice
Director, National Institute of Justice

David W. Hagy is the Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), where he oversees the research, development, and evaluation activities of the U.S. Department of Justice. On June 5, 2007, Dr. Hagy was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Director of NIJ and received Senate confirmation on March 13, 2008. Prior to his nomination, Dr. Hagy served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department's Office of Justice Programs. In that role, he was responsible for policy related to the Nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and assisting victims of crime through partnerships between Federal, State, and local governments. Before joining the Department of Justice, Dr. Hagy served as Director of Local Coordination in the Office of State and Local Government Coordination at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A founding member of the Department, he served as liaison to the Nation's cities, counties, townships, and other divisions of local government regarding the Department's policies on preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from terrorist incidents and natural disasters. He worked extensively with national organizations that represent State and local governments, police, fire, and emergency management professionals. Dr. Hagy has extensive experience in local government, having served Harris County, Texas, and the City of Houston. For 5 years, he was the Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, where he managed and promoted policy initiatives in the areas of emergency management, transportation, criminal justice, health, and the environment. He represented the Judge's office on homeland security issues in Harris County and the greater Houston region and helped organize the Harris County Citizen Corps, a network of volunteer and first responder organizations that included the Texas Medical Center, the Port of Houston the Houston Independent School District, and local chapters of the American Red Cross, the United Way, and the Salvation Army. He served the city of Houston as Deputy Controller and as Senior Aide to a Houston city council member. Dr. Hagy holds a bachelor of science in economics from Texas A&M University and a master of arts and Ph.D. in political science from Tulane University.