A communications policy consultant, Susan Ness served as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 2001, where she championed the introduction of competition in telecom and video services, and played a key role on spectrum policy, including spectrum auctions, deployment of new technologies (PCS, digital satellite radio, digital terrestrial radio, digital television, and unlicensed spectrum), connecting schools and libraries to the Internet, and global telecom policy. She was senior FCC representative to three ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences, and a member of the U.S. delegation to multilateral and bilateral meetings.
She co-led the Federal Trade Commission Review Team for the Obama Presidential Transition. Previously, she was founding president and CEO of GreenStone Media, which produced 63 hours per week of original talk programming targeting women, for syndication on radio, Internet, satellite, and other platforms. She was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Annenberg School (University of Pennsylvania) and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center; vice president and group head of a national bank; and assistant counsel to the House Committee on Banking, Currency & Finance.
She earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Boston College Law School, and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.