Anita Perez Ferguson, Ph.D., a prominent and influential spokesperson on diversity, Hispanic issues and American politics, will spend the week of Feb. 6-10 on Park University’s Parkville Campus as part of The Council of Independent Colleges’ Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program.
The program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.
Perez Ferguson served as president for the National Women’s Political Caucus, Washington, D.C., from 1995-99 and was the U.S. Department of Transportation’s liaison to the White House in 1994-96, representing Secretary Federico Peña. Most recently, she has been an advisory board member for the past 10 years to the Inter-American Foundation in Washington, D.C. (serving as the chair of its board of directors in 2000), and she served as special adviser to the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies at California State University, Channel Islands from 2013-15.
In 1997, Perez Ferguson was selected as one of the “25 Most Powerful Hispanics in Washington, D.C.” by Hispanic magazine and “Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Washingtonian magazine. She co-authored the book Women Seen and Heard: Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers (Luz Publications, 2003), and authored A Passion for Politics: Encouraging Women in Leadership (Luz Publications, 1999).
Perez Ferguson earned her doctoral degree in organization development from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, Calif. She also has Master of Arts degrees in management and counseling psychology from the University of Redlands, Calif., and University of Santa Clara, Calif., respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Westmont College, Calif.