Nonresident Fellow

Darrell M. Blocker is a 1986 graduate of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in Psychology. He is a member of the UGA Mentoring Program and his TEDxUGA talk delivered in April 2022 entitled “LISTEN MORE, SPEAK LESS: LESSONS IN KINDNESS FROM A CIA OPERATIVE can be found here.

Darrell was a proud 4-year member of UGA’s Men’s Glee Club and Air Force ROTC Detachment and later served as a commissioned USAF officer in the Republic of Korea and Texas. He served as an intelligence officer for six consecutive Presidential Administrations (Reagan to Trump), including four years as a USAF analyst and 28 years as a CIA operative before retiring in 2018.

He was later considered one of President Biden’s top nominees to be Director CIA. This was widely reported in press and news articles by ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Fox News, CNN, the New York Times, the Daily Beast, and the DailyMail.

Darrell is currently the Chief Operating Officer for MOSAIC Security, a strategic crisis management and executive advisory firm. He is a regular on-air contributor on ABC News and primarily provides analysis on Russia/Ukraine, North Korea, Iran and Terrorism.

He is a GreenMet Board Director, a leading US-based developer of sustainable supply chains for critical minerals and metals for the United States, a 2022 Council of Advisors member for Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) and also volunteers with nonprofits dedicated to serving youth in the foster care system where he in his third year on the board of