Elaine D. Kolish, Vice President & Director, Children's Food and Beverage Advertising


Elaine Kolish

Ms. 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 now called Dentons, where she specialized in counseling national advertisers on advertising law 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 head of the Division of Enforcement in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She led numerous national advertising cases and 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 was an editor of the ABA’s Antitrust Section treatise on consumer protection law. She currently serves as President of the Board of United Community Ministries, a secular human services non-profit that provides services to needy families in Northern Virginia.

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