Photo: Edith Ramirez, New Head of FTC
White House sources announced that President Obama has decided to elevate current Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC), Edith Ramirez, to chair the agency.
Ramirez is an accomplished intellectual property attorney with extensive experience in complex business litigation. Prior to serving on the FTC she was an attorney in the private sector and as Vice President of the Los Angeles Water Commissioners.
Ramirez was first appointed Commissioner of the FTC in April 2010. This appointment makes her the first minority and first Latina to chair the commission in its 100-year history.
According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials:
In that role, she has demonstrated strong leadership and a continued commitment to serving the interests of the Latino community and all consumers. As Commissioner, Ramirez oversaw the shutdown of an unauthorized immigration services provider that was targeting Spanish speakers and other vulnerable groups in Maryland. Ramirez also led an effort to ensure protections were in place to combat deceptive mortgage advertisements, overseeing the creation of a new rule in 2011 that required consumer communications be transparent and clear.