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Edith Ramirez

  • Gender: Female
  • University: Harvard University
  • Undergraduate Degree: History
  • Post Graduate Degree: JD
  • Hometown: San Clemente
  • State: California
  • Organization: Federal Trade Commission
  • Position Title: Former Chairwoman
  • Organization: Hogan Lovells
  • Position Title: Partner

Edith Ramirez was born and raised in San Clemente, California, the second of four children and  daughter of immigrants from Mexico City. Her father owned a business while her mother managed the household.

She earned a BA in History magna cum laude, from Harvard-Radcliffe College, with the help of an HSF Scholarship and financial aid from Harvard. She then went on to receive a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and worked with fellow law student Barack Obama.

After graduating, she clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then continued her law career as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Los Angeles. She subsequently joined the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she was elected a partner. Her practice focused on litigating intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and false advertising cases.

In 2008, she took a leave of absence from the firm to work on the presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama as Deputy Political Director and Director of Latino Outreach, in California.

After the election, President Obama appointed her to be one of five commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission, in 2010, and chair in 2013. In the latter role, she focused on protecting consumers and promoting competition in the technology and healthcare sectors, safeguarding consumer privacy, and protecting vulnerable communities from deceptive and unfair practices.

In January 2017, when she stepped down from the post, the official announcement by the FTC noted a list of accomplishments achieved on her watch:

“Under her leadership, the FTC brought nearly 400 law enforcement actions covering a range of consumer protection issues and approximately 100 enforcement actions challenging anticompetitive mergers and business conduct.… These law enforcement actions secured billions of dollars in redress for harmed consumers, and stopped anticompetitive corporate mergers that would have caused price increases, compromised quality, or hurt innovation.”

She was the first FTC chair to receive the 2015 Trumpeter Award from the National Consumers League, which has been representing consumers and workers on marketplace issues, since 1899.

In September 2017, she joined the law firm Hogan Lovells as a partner and the co-head of the firm’s Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) practice, where she assists companies with privacy and cyber security matters.

Throughout her career, she has been active in professional and community activities. Among other endeavors, she served as the Vice President on the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, and spent eight years on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice.  She is an Advisory Board member of Harvard University’s Journal of Technology Science and was recognized in 2017, as one of the Women Inspiring Change, by the Harvard Law and International Development Society and the Harvard Women’s Law Association.