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Darrell M. Blocker is currently the Chief Operating Officer for MOSAIC Security, a strategic crisis management advisory firm. He is an ABC News Contributor and subject matter expert on North Korea, Iran and Terrorism. His CIA career highlights include multiple tours as a Station Chief, Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center, Chief of Africa Division, and Chief of their iconic operational training facility.
Upon retirement in 2018, Darrell was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. He is a recipient of the George H.W. Bush award for Excellence in Terrorism, awards for service in Mogadishu and in support of CIA initiatives in Iraq, his directorate’s Manager of the Year and myriad other accolades.
Transitioning from a 32-year career as an intelligence officer, Darrell has spent the past two years pursuing his passions in storytelling while serving as a Creative Consultant to Hollywood projects and by volunteering and serving as a board member for two nonprofits; one focused on improving the future of youth in foster care (Peace4Kids.org) and the other created to help shed light on the exploitation and trafficking of youth and women (HumanSlavery.com). In 2019, Darrell co-founded SME/Creatives, a consulting firm bringing together subject matter experts (SME) and Hollywood Creatives to create authentic espionage tales for tv and film.
Darrell has been featured in multiple platforms speaking to the importance of mental health care and awareness. He has also addressed students at Harvard, Boston University, Lewis and Clark and Cal Poly Pomona. Darrell was featured in three separate Black History Month events sponsored by the International Spy Museum in 2020. He has been a guest speaker on VaynerX Presents with Gary Vaynerchuk and is a sought out speaker on Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion.
Darrell currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area after a lifetime residing and working in foreign countries in Africa, Asia and Europe; including Italy, Okinawa, South Korea, Niger, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Pakistan, and Switzerland.