Jamie Zuieback was appointed director of the ICE Office of Congressional Relations in August 2007. With extensive experience in government relations and public affairs, Ms. Zuieback serves as the primary contact for members of Congress and their staffs on issues of immigration and customs enforcement. She is also responsible for ICE’s outreach program to Congressional offices to share information about the agency’s law enforcement priorities, policies and operations.
Ms. Zuieback began her career in San Diego working as a policy adviser to a county supervisor. There, she saw firsthand how policy decisions have a direct and immediate impact on citizens' lives, and she learned of the importance of listening and responding in a timely manner to constituents. Building upon this experience, she went on to work for one of the California's top public affairs firms, handling local and state government relations and crisis communications for a range of clients.
Ms. Zuieback moved to Washington, DC, shortly after 9/11 to join the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. One of her proudest achievements at RAINN was working with a broad coalition of victims of sexual assault, rape crisis centers, media organizations, anti-crime groups and Congress in a legislative effort to ensure that unanalyzed DNA from 350,000 rapes and murders across the United States are processed and put to work to bring criminals to justice. She also formed a constructive partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to launch a public awareness program about drug-facilitated sexual assault (“date rape” drugs).
Ms. Zuieback first joined ICE in April 2003 to serve as the primary spokeswoman for Operation Predator. She has handled a wide range of homeland security issues including immigration enforcement, human trafficking and child sex crimes as both a public affairs officer and, later, as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs.
Ms. Zuieback is a native of California and a graduate of the University of California at Irvine.