Leo Ferguson | How Sciences Build Healthy Communities
What do you get when you mix systems engineering and social science? According to retired systems engineer Leo Ferguson, you get a formula useful in helping communities leverage individual and corporate resources so no one is left behind.
Leo Ferguson has had over 40 years of experience in two distinctive careers. In his first career he held technical positions in industry and corporate America. His second career was as a community and political organizer at various levels.
He started his professional technical career as an engineer then segued into Information Technology (IT). As an engineer and engineering manager he specialized in the design, development and implementation of motion control systems for military applications. His employment of 18 years included Northrop – Grumman, Fairchild Space and Defense and Kearfott. As an IT professional he worked for 7 years for Link Flight Simulation Company as a Sr. System Engineer. He designed system software for aircraft simulators used to train pilots. He ended his IT career working in corporate America for 16 years with Chadbourne and Parke, an international law firm of more than 300 attorneys. He was responsible for all aspects of their financial information systems.
As a community and political organizer he worked for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His campaigns for the DNC included Walter Mondale (1984) and Bill Clinton (1992). He also worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on such campaigns as Matthew McHugh (1990) and Jamie Clarke (1982), both of which were successful. Leo has held such positions as the Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, New York upstate coordinator for the Jessie Jackson Presidential campaign, as an alternate delegate to the 1988 Democratic Convention, Sr. Advisor to the Rev. Al Sharpton 1994 senatorial campaign and various other campaigns and community efforts. In addition, Mr. Ferguson developed a “Youth Civic Participation Program” which included a pathway for at-risk youth to a college education.
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- CATEGORY 2016