Jason Ferguson is an interdisciplinary professional with over 17 years of experience across the public and private sectors. As a Senior Analyst at Constant, Jason manages a range of project types to include emergency operations and crisis communications plan writing, training and exercise design and execution, and real-world incident after-action report writing. Jason also leads Constant’s corporate philanthropy initiative and serves as a member of its business development team.
Before coming aboard at Constant, Jason worked as the Deputy Director of Training and Exercise for Team Rubicon (TR). In that role, he built and managed the training and exercise division and led a team of 6 in establishing national training standards, designing and publishing online and instructor-led courses, and scaling the delivery of training across the country through train-the-trainer and professional development programs. Jason deployed with TR to assist disaster survivors affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the 2013 Colorado floods, the 2015 Oklahoma tornadoes, and Hurricane Harvey.
Certified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and a seasoned Incident Command System (ICS) instructor, Jason entered the emergency management arena as an Emergency Response Coordinator with the Cook County Department of Public Health where he provided direct support and technical expertise to 28 municipal Emergency Managers in developing and testing their plans for protecting against, responding to, and recovering from communicable disease outbreaks and other public health threats.
Jason earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Benedictine University in 2003. In 2017, his alma mater invited him back to campus to receive an Alumni Achievement Award and be recognized for his professional achievements and service to the community.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Independence Day.
Favorite acronym: FYSA (for your situational awareness).
Strangest/Favorite Personal Emergency Kit Item: Arts and crafts supplies / Headlamp.
First EM response/experience: Serving as Harper College’s Incident Commander in response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza outbreak.
Hobbies: Sharing quality time with my family and friends; writing songs and enjoying live music; exercising; devouring tasty vegan dishes; volunteering with service-oriented organizations.