Federal Trade Commission

Council Member: Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission

Council Designee: Judith Bailey, Deputy Director of the Office of Congressional Relations of the Federal Trade Commission

Judith Bailey, is Deputy Director of the Office of Congressional Relations of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Besides working with Congress on legislative matters, her responsibilities include directing intergovernmental affairs and serving as White House liaison for the FTC.

Judith returned to the FTC after serving as Consumer Protection Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee during the 110th Congress, working for Full Committee Chairman John D. Dingell and Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush. She also earlier served as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s former Monopolies and Commercial Law Subcommittee for the late Chairman Peter W. Rodino, Jr. She previously worked at the FTC from 1996 to 2007 as an Assistant Director in the Bureau of Competition, and then as the agency’s Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director. During her career, she has worked in the Legal Division at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and in private practice at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and Debevoise & Plimpton.

A Midwesterner with roots in both Chicago and Michigan, Judith did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and is an honors graduate of UCLA Law School. She also holds Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of London.

Council Designee: Carolyn Shanoff, Associate Director for Consumer and Business Education for the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

Carolyn Shanoff is Associate Director for Consumer and Business Education for the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Her Division, a talented and high energy team of 20 writers, marketers, graphic designers and web developers, plans and implements multi-media campaigns to give people of all ages tools to make informed decisions in the marketplace and to give businesses tools to comply with the law. Her team produces practical, actionable, plain language publications and videos in English and Spanish, and colorful, creative and easy-to-navigate websites. Subjects range from mortgage foreclosure rescue scams, health care claims and computer security to privacy, business opportunity fraud and energy savings. Carolyn's team was chosen as a finalist for the 2008 Service to America Medals for its national Deter, Detect, Defend campaign on identity theft.

Before joining the FTC in 1996, Carolyn worked for the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Center for Mental Health Services, agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining the federal government, she was a writer and editor for several magazines and a public relations practitioner.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, she has a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.

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