Karin L. Houston retired after twenty-three years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She began her career with the FBI in 1997, working domestic and international organized crime and drug investigations in San Diego, California.
In 2001, Karin was selected for the San Diego FBI Crisis Negotiation Team. She also served on the Joint FBI-San Diego Police Department-Naval Criminal Investigative Service Crisis Negotiation Team, as well as the Joint FBI-San Diego Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team.
From 2007 to 2010, Karin served at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, National Preparedness Unit, and later, in the FBI Cyber Division, Intellectual Property Rights Unit. In July 2010, she transferred to the FBI Kansas City Division where she was assigned to the Domestic Terrorism/Weapons of Mass Destruction Squad on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Throughout her assignments, Karin continued to serve as a member of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Team, and in 2013, assumed the role of Crisis Negotiation Coordinator for the FBI Kansas City Division. She completed hundreds of hours of negotiations training, including the 80-hour FBI National Crisis Negotiation Course and the 80-hour London Metropolitan Police Services National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Course. Karin deployed on hundreds of SWAT Operations, barricaded subjects, hostage situations, suicidal individuals, kidnappings, and special events. She is a member of the Missouri Association of Crisis Negotiators and the Kansas Association of Hostage Negotiators.
Karin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Science degree in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University. She was an FBI Adjunct Faculty Member with certifications in Negotiations, Presentation Skills, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.