It is being reported that the withdrawal of controversial FCC nominee Gigi Sohn has opened the door for FCC veteran Anna Gomez to serve on the Commission. Gomez is an experienced communications policy expert, having served in various government capacities. She is a serious policymaker.
Recently, Gomez joined the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy to lead U.S. preparations for the International Telecommunication Union World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). She also serves as a Senior Advisor for International Information and Communications Policy. This is a major undertaking as the WRC oversees international radio spectrum use and allocations.
Immediately prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Gomez was a partner in the prestigious Wiley Law firm in Washington DC. From 2009 to 2013, she served as the Deputy Administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA is housed in the Department of Commerce and represents the White House on communications policy matters. Most importantly, she worked for over a decade at the Federal Communications Commission.
Her nomination confirmation would break the current 2/2 deadlock at the FCC and allow the Commission to move forward with its policy agenda. If approved, Gomez would be the first Latina Commissioner since 2001. She is an experienced, knowledgeable, and qualified candidate.
You can find her State Department bio here.