Katharine Ferguson

Katharine Ferguson

Associate Director, Community Strategies Group

Katharine Ferguson is Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and Director of CSG’s Regional and Rural Development Initiatives.

Katharine Ferguson is Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and Director of CSG’s Regional and Rural Development Initiatives.  Committed to civic engagement, bridging perceived divides, and systems change, Katharine served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Chief of Staff for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Previously, Katharine worked as U.S. Senate staff in on community economic development, economic and social mobility, agriculture, food, public health and nutrition.  Regardless of the topic at hand, Katharine’s interest is in the practical challenges of institutional change, policy implementation, and collaborative governance. A graduate of Tufts University, Katharine holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. While often in Washington D.C., Katharine lives in Denver and enjoys swimming and running in the Colorado sun, as well as traveling to new places–from small towns here in the U.S. to countries far afield.

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