Who Is the ORA Ombudsman?
Jessica L. Zeller is the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) ombudsman at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has held this position since its inception in 2015. She is responsible for informally addressing concerns, complaints, and disputes arising between ORA and external parties, including industry, government entities (federal, state, territory, and tribal), and other members of the public. Ms. Zeller began her career at FDA in 2004 as a litigation attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel and subsequently was the deputy director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. Before returning to FDA as ORA ombudsman, Ms. Zeller spent two years as lead FDA attorney for Procter and Gamble. She holds a Bachelor of Science University Scholar degree (biology) from Xavier University and J.D. and M.A. (bioethics) degrees from the University of Virginia.