THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Yulee, Florida) _______________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 27, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ANN BROWN AS CHAIR AND COMMISSIONER AND MARY SHEILA GALL AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Ann Brown as Chair and Commissioner and Mary Sheila Gall as a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Ms. Ann Brown, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has served as Chair of the Commission since 1994. Under her leadership, the CPSC has received four awards from the Vice President's National Partnership for Reinventing Government for its efforts to provide better customer service. Prior to her appointment, she was a consumer advocate for more than two decades. From 1980-1994, she was Vice President of the Consumer Federation of America. She was Chairman of the Board of Public Voice, a consumer advocacy group dealing with health and nutrition issues, from 1983-1994. She has also served on the boards of the Center for the Study of Commercialism, the Institute for Injury Reduction, and the Conference of Consumer Organizations. Ms. Brown attended Smith College and received a B.A. degree from George Washington University.
Ms. Mary Sheila Gall, of McLean, Virginia, has served as a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission since 1991, and served as Vice Chairman for five years. From 1989-1991, she served as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, heading the Human Development Service Agency and overseeing fifty-five programs, including Head Start serving children, youth, families, people with disabilities, the elderly and Native Americans. From 1986-1989, she served as Counselor to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. A single adoptive parent, she was selected by President Reagan to chair the President's Task Force on Adoption. She served as Deputy Policy Advisor to Vice President George Bush from 1981-1986. She participated in the President's Cabinet Council meeting, traveled extensively with the Vice President and contributed to implementation of the President Reagan's domestic agenda. In addition, she has served on the staffs of several members of Congress, including Senator James Buckley (R-NY), Representative Jack Kemp (D-NY), and Representative Tom Coleman (R-MO). Ms. Gall received a B.A. degree from Rosary Hill College in Buffalo, New York and a M.S.E.D. degree in special education from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public against unreasonable risks of injury from consumer products, assists consumers in evaluating the comparative safety of consumer products, develops uniform safety standards for consumer products and minimizes conflicting state and local regulations, and promotes research and investigation into the causes and prevention of product related deaths, illness, and injuries.