International Consumer Protection, Office of International Affairs,
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Since joining the FTC in 2007, Deon Woods Bell has been responsible for a wide variety of consumer policy issues regarding bilateral and regional cooperation, technical assistance, privacy and legal enforcement matters, in addition to issues pertaining to the nexus between consumer protection and competition policy. She currently serves as the lead FTC official for the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN) Secretariat and oversees the FTC’s consumer protection technical assistance portfolio. She also designed and implemented the FTC’s first Consumer University in 2011, as well as helped launch the African Consumer Protection Dialogue in 2009. Prior to joining the FTC, Ms. Woods Bell was a Senior Counsel with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce where she primarily advised regarding commercial law legal reform and technical assistance programs in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
She was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Washington D.C. and also Assistant General Counsel for two Fortune 500 companies, focusing on international transactions and regulatory issues, prior to joining the U.S. Government.
She earned a law degree from the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and was also a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico. She has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and graduated with a triple major B.A (International Relations, Economics and Latin American Studies) from American University in Washington, DC.
Ms. Woods Bell speaks Spanish and French. In addition, she has worked and traveled extensively in the Middle East and has lived in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, South Africa and Ghana.