Maria Voles Ferguson
Executive Director


  • Federal policy
  • International comparisons
  • Research and methodology
  • State policy

Maria Voles Ferguson is the executive director of the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan, nonprofit organization focused on programs and policies that support the nation’s public schools. Before joining CEP, Ferguson served as the vice president for policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization. She also previously was the director of the National School Boards Foundation. Ferguson was a political appointee in the Clinton administration, serving as the director of communication and outreach services for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. She began her career as a journalist, working for Cox Newspapers, the Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report.