Svetlana S. Gans is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at NCTA – The Internet and Television Association handling competition and consumer protection policy matters. Prior to joining NCTA in July 2018, Ms. Gans served as the Chief of Staff to Maureen K. Ohlhausen, the Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Gans created, executed, and oversaw strategic initiatives to advance the Chairman’s priorities to promote the agency’s consumer protection and competition mission. She served as the Chairman’s liaison to other federal and state agencies, members of Congress and Congressional committees, and other stakeholders on matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction. She also advised the Chairman on agency operational matters, a wide array of policy issues in the competition and consumer protection space, and Bureau investigations and litigation.
Previously, Ms. Gans served as Commissioner Ohlhausen’s attorney advisor focusing on marketing, advertising, COPPA and other privacy matters. Earlier, Ms. Gans spent several years as a senior litigator within the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Consumer Protection, handling litigation and policy matters on a wide array of issues, including proposed mergers and acquisitions, telemarketing and online fraud, business opportunity scams, and federal warranty policy.
Ms. Gans has served in the ABA Antitrust Law Section’s leadership since 2005 in a variety of roles including Co-Chair of the 2019 Tech Summit, Committee Operations, Content Delivery, Long-Range Planning, the 2017 Antitrust Fall Forum, and the 600-member Consumer Protection Committee. Ms. Gans currently serves as a member of the Antitrust Law Section Council, a board member of the Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter of WICT – Women in Cable Telecommunications, and in the Federal Communications Bar Association. Ms. Gans actively mentors younger lawyers and law students interested in antitrust and consumer protection work.