Anita Perez Ferguson, MA, MAM

Author, Trainer, Consultant

Anita works with organizational boards and individual leaders in the USA and Latin America to enhance productivity, public policy and performance. Strategic planning processes include a quantitative analysis of organizational positioning and a human capital assessment of team/staff capacity in relation to goal setting and innovation. Interactive, inclusive sessions insure greater participation and longevity for strategic initiative success.

    Anita Perez Ferguson, is a Visiting Lecturer for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio on issues of demographic diversity as well as domestic & international public policy. She formerly served in Washington DC as the President of the National Women's Political Caucus and the White House Liaison to the US Department of Transportation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the YMCA. In 1999 she published her book, A Passion for Politics, which is available on

    A s a trainer she has been active in politics for over 15 years. She served as Director of Training for the Democratic National Committee. Perez Ferguson has provided leadership and political skills training to women in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. She was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from California in 1990 & 1992. Her other public service positions have included; Planning Commissioner, Affirmative Action Commissioner and Chair of the Ethnic Advisory Board for Education in California.

    A frequently quoted news source on subjects including women in politics, political strategy election reform and minority/diversity issues, Perez Ferguson was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. Perez Ferguson has been certified by Toastmasters International, and is a graduate of the Gallup Leadership Institute for CEO's.

    Perez Ferguson has been a featured speaker/participant for organizations including the National Association of Community Action Agencies, Lucent Technologies Global Diversity Management Conference, National Hispana Leadership Institute, the American Political Science Association, the American Enterprise Institute, and the International Women's Leadership Conference at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

    Perez Ferguson has a B.A. in Communications from Westmont College (CA), an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara (CA), and an M.A. in Management from the University of Redlands (CA).

What Others Say about Anita Perez Ferguson:

      "During her address at the League's [of Women Voters] national convention she was able to reach out and engage each of the over 1200 delegates. Regardless of the size of the group, Anita has the ability to make each individual feel as though she is speaking directly to her. Her knowledge and personal experience of politics in general, and women in politics in particular, adds depth and relevance to her excellent presentation."
      —Becky Cain, Immediate Past President of the League of Women Voters

      "For all that you have done and will do to advance the status of women at home and around the world, I applaud you."
      —Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of State

      "Thanks so much for speaking to the AT&T Government Affairs employees during the Women's History Month. Your personal experience and your perspective on women's issues were most interesting and gave us all food for thought!"
      —Carol Wilner, AT&T Public Affairs Director and Jimmy Darby, AT&T subcommittee chair

      "La Anita es sincera y bien sharp. I admire her fierce voice on women, leadership and politics."
      —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

      "Your remarks captured both the spirit and the substance of the conference. You gave us so much to think about in terms of expanding the circle of women in public leadership. You contributed to that sense of inspiration and renewed purpose which we hope will translate into greater awareness and activism."
      —Elizabeth A. Sherman, PhD., Director/Senior Fellow, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy

      "If you were still a teacher, you'd earn an A+ and an apple. If you were still a candidate, you'd win by a landslide. As a guest lecturer, you won admiration and applause."
      —Elisabeth Griffith, Ph.D., Headmistress, The Madeira School

Listed below, selected consultations for:

Organizational Development

Strategic Planning & Governance

Leadership Training

Accenture – Institute for High Performance Business
Minority Leadership Forum
New York, New York

Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility
Governance and Strategy Issues
Harvard Business School

Strategic Planning Research Team
Board of Directors
Community Homeless Shelter
Santa Barbara, CA

Fielding Graduate University
Strategic Planning Initiatives at the Center for Innovation in Non Profits
Santa Barbara, California

America Speaks
A National Conversation on Family Services
Bilingual Facilitator
Los Angeles, CA

California Speaks
A Statewide Conversation on Health Care
Site Moderator
Fresno, CA

Fortune/U.S. State Department International
Leaders Mentoring Partnership
Washington DC



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