After being confirmed by the US Senate earlier this month, Anna Gomez was sworn in as the FCC’s fifth commissioner on Monday, making her the first Latina to hold the position in over 20 years.
“I am humbled and honored that President Biden and the United States Senate have entrusted me with the privilege to serve the people of the United States as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. As the first Latina to serve in this position in over two decades, it is especially meaningful to be sworn in as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. I look forward to working with Congress, Chairwoman Rosenworcel, my fellow Commissioners, and the talented and dedicated FCC staff to ensure that every person in every community, of every geography and income, has access to modern telecommunications services. I am eager to hear from all and to bring my experience in domestic and international telecommunications to serve the American people,” said Gomez in a statement.
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Gomez holds over 30 years of public and private sector experience to her role. Prior to the position, she served as deputy assistant secretary for communications and information and deputy administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. She first joined NTIA in 2009.
In addition to being sworn in, Gomez also announced her staff which includes Deena Shetler, (acting chief of staff and legal advisor for media and international), Edyael Casaperalta (acting legal advisor for wireless, public safety and consumer protection), Hayley Steffen (acting legal advisor for wireline and space), Anna Holland (acting executive assistant).
Shetler joins Commissioner Gomez’s staff from the office of Chairwoman Rosenworcel, where she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. Before joining Gomez’s staff, Casaperalta worked as chief of staff for the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Steffen transitions from the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she served as legal advisor to the Bureau Chief. Holland moves to Gomez’s staff from her most recent role as staff assistant to two successive bureau chiefs of the Wireline Competition Bureau.
“I am elated that these dedicated talented public servants have agreed to join my office,” said Commissioner Gomez. “They bring extensive experience in communications policy, the Commission, and working with its broad range of stakeholders. I know they will provide outstanding advice and I look forward to getting to work with them to ensure the Commission’s actions meet the needs of all people.”
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