"Jimmy" Sung H. Yi
With 27 years of domestic and international experience as a local and federal law enforcement executive, Jimmy Yi has demonstrated a high level of technical proficiency in logistics, criminal investigations, physical security solutions and protection operations, often during crisis. A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Jimmy most recently served as Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Baltimore Field Office. There he provided strategic leadership of the Maryland Electronic Crimes Task Force, which includes government and private industry partners who collaborate on solutions to detect, disrupt and dismantle sophisticated, organized criminal organizations who use the internet to facilitate illegal activity.
Previously, Jimmy served as the Resident Agent in Charge and Regional Attaché of the Bangkok Resident Office in Bangkok, Thailand. In this role, he coordinated, directed and led daily operations of the Bangkok Office and oversaw agency operations in 12 countries in Southeast Asia, including Australia and New Zealand. He also planned, designed and implemented successful security strategies in coordination with foreign law enforcement partners for the U.S. President, Vice President, world leaders and events of national and world significance, including the first summit meeting of President Donald Trump and the North Korean Leader in Singapore. Jimmy addressed delicate international protocols for the G20, the APEC and ASEAN summits in a vast array of locations, such as Bali, Indonesia; Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Naypyidaw and Yangon, Mynmar; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Seoul, South Korea; Vientiane, Laos; Singapore; and Australia.
In addition, Jimmy served as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Detail (VPPD), where he served more than four years and supervised the planning and implementation of security for Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Joe Biden. He also was part of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD), where he protected President William Clinton and George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush. As a first generation Korean American, Jimmy has worked closely with the Korean Presidential Security Service (PSS) throughout his Secret Service career. He served on numerous Korean Presidential visits, building and maintaining strong coalitions and partnerships with the Korean PSS.
While assigned to the Honolulu Field Office, Jimmy was responsible for all investigations and liaison matters in South Korea, including the coordination of the 2005 APEC summit in Busan, Korea. His broad knowledge of the Korean culture has greatly benefited and fostered the working relationships with the agency’s South Korean counterparts. In addition, he holds State Department Level 2 Language Proficiency of the Korean language.
Jimmy received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Baltimore. In addition, he is a graduate of the highly competitive U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program at American University. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Maryland Association of Chiefs of Police.