De’Ana H. Dow is a partner and general counsel with Capitol Counsel LLC. Dow is one of the most respected experts on energy and financial services issues before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Her primary focus has been derivatives market issues with many years of senior level experience in both technical and policy areas.
Prior to joining Capitol Counsel, Dow served as senior vice president with Ogilvy Government Relations. There, she specialized in futures and derivatives markets covering all physical and financial commodities.
Before joining Ogilvy Government Relations, Dow served as managing director for government affairs at CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange. As a lobbyist for CME, Dow managed the organization’s efforts related to the Dodd Frank financial market regulatory reform bill as it progressed through the House and Senate, and on regulatory actions at the CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. Before her time at CME Group, Dow headed the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Washington, D.C. office, serving as senior vice president and chief legislative counsel. As the head lobbyist and regulatory counsel for NYMEX, she successfully guided the company through a complex legislative agenda aimed at eliminating critical liquidity providers from the markets, and monitored numerous CFTC regulatory filings for accuracy and sufficient analytical content. Dow also spent time as an associate vice president and counsel in the Market Regulation Department at the NASD, now called Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where she developed and supervised the futures market regulatory program.
Dow began her legal career at the CFTC where she served in a number of capacities over 22 years, including supervisory roles in the Division of Trading and Markets, counsel to Chairman William Rainer during the Clinton administration, and as special adviser to Chairman James Newsome under the Bush administration. She began her career on Capitol Hill serving on the staff of Kentucky Democratic Senator Walter Dee Huddleston.
Dow serves as an officer on the board of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, which helps improve the life prospects of underprivileged children of Washington, D.C., through its education and athletic programs. She also serves on the board of Pathways for Living, Inc., a non-profit corporation that offers a variety of community service programs including a women’s shelter, day care and affordable housing.
Dow is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and member of the D.C. Bar and the American Bar Association.