Mara L. Ransom is an Assistant Director in the Office of Consumer Products, one of the 11 specialized industry offices in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mara oversees the disclosure review program for the Office, which focuses on retailers, utilities and certain service-oriented companies and their compliance with the disclosure and filing obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Previously, she served as a Legal Branch Chief and Attorney-Advisor in the same Office and as a Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions. Mara joined the Commission in 2000. Mara earned her B.A. from Boston University and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.