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Jason A. Ferguson
Jason Ferguson is an interdisciplinary emergency management professional with more than 15 years of experience across the higher education, public health, emergency management and veteran service sectors. Throughout his career, he has fostered safe, healthy and vibrant communities on university campuses; increased access to affordable medications and housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS; conducted prostate cancer research and promoted prostate health among at-risk men; and assisted communities in the cycle of preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against disasters of all types.
Since August 2013, Ferguson has been busy helping expand the mission, reach and impact of Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon is a disaster response nonprofit organization that unites the skills of military veterans and first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters. The organization was founded by two Marines in the wake of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, and has since helped thousands of our nation’s veterans regain purpose and reintegrate into civilian life through continued service in disaster response.
As deputy director of Training and Exercise, Ferguson leads Team Rubicon’s national training department. His team establishes standards for safe and effective disaster response operations, designs curricula for in-person and web-based courses, and trains and empowers new instructors to deliver national-standard courses to the organization’s members across the country.
Ferguson is also a husband, a father of five, a songwriter and a proud Chicagoan. He currently lives outside Dallas, Texas, with his family, where he is helping launch Team Rubicon’s newly opened National Operations Center.
Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 2000 and a Master of Public Health in 2003 at Benedictine University.