Rodney Ferguson, who played a critical role in the growth of the Washington, D.C. office of Lipman Hearne, is bringing his experience back to the accomplished education and nonprofit communications team at the firm.
Ferguson, who founded Lipman Hearne’s Washington, D.C. office in 1999, is returning as Principal after serving at the Brunswick Group for the last two years.
“Clients are more focused than ever on effectively sharing their stories. What they really want is a partner who understands their needs as well as what will move the influencers they want to impact. I’m excited to bring all my skills to bear to help them achieve success,” Ferguson says.
Ferguson’s career spans the fields of journalism, education, and advocacy. A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, Ferguson was a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal and a business correspondent for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. He was involved in the startup of the Edison Project (now Edison Schools). His recent work has included clients in technology, education testing, and urban development.
At Lipman Hearne, Ferguson has worked with many of the leading nonprofit, education, and government organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including the Children’s National Medical Center, the College Board, the MacArthur Foundation, the government of Qatar, and the State University of New York system. He has also worked extensively with K–12-focused organizations, including the Brown Center on Education at the Brookings Institution, New Leaders for New Schools, and the New Teacher Project.
Ferguson previously served as a member of the board of directors of the Education Writers Association.
“Rodney brings deep insight and experience to his role as a business leader in our growing firm, and we are thrilled to welcome him back,” says Tom Abrahamson, Lipman Hearne’s Chairman. “He will be an outstanding colleague and contributor to the momentum the D.C. office has achieved in recent years.”
Executive Vice President Jim Healy will continue to serve as managing director of the Washington, D.C. office, with Ferguson focused on business development and client engagement across the nonprofit sector.
The Washington, D.C. office currently represents leading national organizations ranging from GE Foundation to the Next Generation Learning Challenge as well as the AARP Foundation. Its work has been recognized for excellence by the Public Relations Society of America, Marcom Awards, and International Association of Business Communicators.
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