Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan announced the appointment of two senior agency leaders: General Counsel Anisha Dasgupta and Office of Policy Planning Director Elizabeth Wilkins.
“I’m thrilled that Anisha and Elizabeth have joined the FTC’s senior leadership team,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. “As the FTC moves forward with our work, we will fully harness our authorities and resources to fulfill the FTC’s mandate and protect Americans from unlawful business practices. Anisha and Elizabeth, along with our talented staff, are critical to that effort,” Khan said.
Dasgupta comes to the FTC from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she has served since 2014 as Deputy Solicitor General. Prior to that, Dasgupta was an appellate attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. In 2009 Dasgupta completed a six-month detail as a Counsel at the Office of the White House Counsel. Dasgupta clerked for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, earned her Ph.D. from Cambridge University where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, and was awarded the Thurman Arnold Prize while at Yale Law School.
Before joining the FTC, Wilkins served as Senior Advisor to the White House Chief of Staff. Prior to that, she worked in several senior leadership roles at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, including Senior Counsel for Policy and Chief of Staff. Wilkins also previously served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to then-Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Before law school, Wilkins was a policy advisor in the White House Domestic Policy Council. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Reilly Dolan, who served as Acting General Counsel prior to Dasgupta’s appointment, has returned to his previous post as Principal Deputy General Counsel. Kelly Signs, who served as Acting OPP Director prior to Wilkins’s arrival, has returned to the Bureau of Competition’s Office of Policy and Coordination as Assistant Director.
The Commission vote approving the appointment of Dasgupta was 4-0.