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Elaine D. Kolish

Elaine D. Kolish

Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
Vice President and Director, Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative
Arlington, VA, USA


Elaine Kolish, Vice President & Director, Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) is a nationally recognized expert on advertising and consumer-protection issues.

Prior to joining BBB in 2006, Ms. Kolish was a partner at the national law firm Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal LLP (now SNR Denton), where she specialized in counseling national advertisers on advertising and marketing compliance. From 1980 until 2005, Ms. Kolish was an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. There she was a member of the Senior Executive Service and was the head of the Division of Enforcement in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She worked extensively on national advertising matters and led numerous rulemaking proceedings. She also oversaw the Bureau's regulatory review efforts, as well as a number of other key policy initiatives including the Class Action Fairness Monitoring Project and the Hispanic consumer-protection program.

Ms. Kolish has served as vice chair of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section's Privacy and Information Security Committee, and was an editor of the ABA's Antitrust Section treatise on consumer protection law. She currently serves as a member of the Board of United Community Ministries, a secular non-profit that provides services to needy families in Fairfax County, Virginia.

She is a 1976 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated magna cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 1980.
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