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Anna Gomez Sworn In as FCC Commissioner

She also appoints 4 individuals to her staff

Anna Gomez was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, officially ending the government agency’s 2-2 political standstill. She also announced the appointment of several individuals who will serve in her office.

In wake of her swearing in, Gomez shared the following statement:

“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.”

Gomez was confirmed as the FCC’s newest commissioner by the Senate on Sept. 7. Now, she will fill a Democratic seat that has remained open since President Biden took office, in part because of the long and ultimately fruitless push to install Gigi Sohn in that seat.

Anna Gomez appears in a streamed video of her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill
Anna Gomez in a streamed video of her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in June 2023.

In a press release, the FCC said Gomez brings more than 30 years of public and private sector experience to her role and “is committed to ensuring we have a vibrant, strong, competitive telecommunications and media marketplace, that promotes U.S. economic prosperity and security while also meeting the needs of all consumers.”

Gomez, a telecommunications attorney, currently serves as a senior advisor for international information and communications policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, which she joined earlier this year. She is better known as a former deputy administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; and she served for 12 years in various positions at the FCC, including as deputy chief of the International Bureau and senior legal advisor to then-Chairman Bill Kennard.

Born in Orlando, Fla., Gomez spent her childhood in Bogota, Colombia, before her family relocated to New Jersey. She now resides in Virginia. You can read more about her biography on the FCC’s official website.

Also on Monday, Gomez announced the appointment of four individuals to her staff. Deena Shetler will serve as the acting chief of staff and legal advisor for media and international; Edyael Casaperalta will serve as the acting legal advisor for wireless, public safety and consumer protection; Hayley Steffen will serve as the acting legal advisor for wireline and space; and Anna Holland will serve as the acting executive assistant. Read more about Gomez’s staff picks here.

“I am elated that these dedicated talented public servants have agreed to join my office,” said Gomez in another statement. “They bring extensive experience in communications policy, the commission and working with its broad range of stakeholders.”

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