Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC Applauds the Confirmation of Anna Gomez to the Federal Communications Commission

Advancing Justice - AAJC Statement about Anna Gomez becoming first Latina Commissioner at FCC
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins (202) 296-2300, ext. 0144

Washington, DC — September 13, 2023 — The Senate recently confirmed Anna Gomez, former senior advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, as the fifth member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Commissioner Gomez becomes the first Latina to serve on the FCC since 2001. She fills a vacancy that has been open since January 2021.

John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, a civil and human rights organization whose telecommunications, technology, and media work focuses on ensuring that the principles of opportunity, fairness, and equity are protected online, issues the following statement in response to the confirmation:

“Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC celebrates the confirmation of Anna Gomez to the FCC. Gomez’s confirmation fills a two-and-a-half-year vacancy at the Commission and enables the FCC to act more swiftly on media and telecom matters that affect our communities. It is also the first time in over 20 years that a Latina has been confirmed to serve in the position, making her confirmation a step toward a more diverse and inclusive Commission. Gomez has a celebrated career in public service and impressive expertise in communications policies.

“I first met Commissioner Gomez in law school. Even back then, I knew her for her intellect, commitment to service, and belief in diversity. Anna Gomez is an important addition to a now complete FCC that must work to protect and advance the rights of American consumers and communities. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC looks forward to working with her and the other Commissioners on the numerous telecom-related issues of importance to the Asian American community. We also look forward to the swift reconfirmation of current FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, to maintain a complete and robust Commission.”