Mr. Romanoff was born in Queens, New York and raised on Long Island. In 1977, he graduated from Northeastern University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. After he graduated he began a 28-year career in Federal Law Enforcement, with the United States Department of Commerce, National Marine Fisheries Service. For the next 10 years, he investigated fish and wildlife crimes in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Seeking a change, in 1987, Mr. Romanoff transferred to the United States Customs Service, Office of Investigations, in Miami, Florida. In both Miami and Fort Lauderdale, he worked in money laundering, international narcotics trafficking and internal affairs investigative units. In 1995 Mr. Romanoff was reassigned to the Northern Virginia office. In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was created which combined the investigative responsibilities of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Romanoff ended his career as an ICE Group Supervisor managing a Joint Terrorism Task Force Unit and international financial terrorism investigations. Mr. Romanoff received the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Counter-Terrorism Investigation in July 2005.
After retiring in July 2005, Mr. Romanoff began conducting background investigations for the FBI. When the opportunity to teach at CS Monroe came about, he thought it would be a great way to share what he has learned over the years. Mr. Romanoff has found the field to be very fulfilling and he hopes he will be able to spark the interest of some of the students in Loudoun County Schools to pursue careers in criminal justice.