28 Feb 2024

Press Release

Richard Ferguson Joined the Coleridge Initiative as New Chief Technology Officer

NEW YORK – The Coleridge Initiative, Inc. announced on Wednesday, February 28th that Richard Ferguson has been appointed as the new Chief Technology Officer. Ferguson will help lead the continued expansion and innovation of Coleridge’s Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF).

“As the new CTO, Rich will play a critical role in the advancement of our award-winning ADRF platform,” said Dr. Ahu Yildirmaz, CEO of the Coleridge Initiative. “Rich has a wealth of knowledge and his diverse experience will greatly contribute to our organization’s technological advancements. He has extensive background and expertise in strategically applying information security, software development, and systems engineering across government and non-governmental sectors.”

“The potential of the ADRF platform in revolutionizing data analysis and decision-making in the public sector is immense and truly inspiring,” said Richard Ferguson, Chief Technology Officer, Coleridge Initiative. “I am eager to work with the team to further enhance this technology, making it more robust, user-centric, and innovative. We have the opportunity to make a significant impact on public policy and governance, and I look forward to contributing to this transformative journey.”

Ferguson previously served as a Federal Chief Information Officer at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, as Chief of Technology Engineering for the Executive Office of the President, and as Chief Technology Officer for Lulius Innovation. He also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University and as a Brookings Congressional Fellow working for the U.S. Senate Majority Leader on Capitol Hill. 

Ferguson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada and a master’s degree in Leadership from Georgetown University. 

About The Coleridge Initiative, Inc. 

The Coleridge Initiative is a nonprofit organization working with governments to ensure that data are more effectively used for public decision-making. Coleridge works with government agencies to create value by providing public agencies with the opportunity to enhance their workforce data literacy in order to develop better policies for the public good. They facilitate the development of collaborations within and across states allowing for new technologies to be developed through the secure access to and sharing of confidential microdata. They do this by providing a platform to securely link confidential data within and across states and agencies, and by providing training classes to agency staff. Their platform is the Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) which is a secure, FedRAMP-certified, cloud-based environment that enables government agencies to link their longitudinal data with other states and agencies. For more information about Coleridge, the ADRF, and their training program, visit: www.coleridgeinitiative.org