William Ferroggiaro is a Senior Associate at the Fund for Peace, where he leads the Project on the Use and Purpose of American Power, a new initiative that aims to inform and invigorate a national conversation about America’s purpose in the world. He also works with the Fund’s President on public outreach.
Ferroggiaro has focused his professional activities in the areas of citizen participation, government accountability, and national security. He has more than 15 years expertise as a practitioner and advocate for transparency and good governance, and has consulted for the U.S. Department of State and other entities on four continents. For more than a decade, he directed the freedom of information project at the National Security Archive, managing relations with Federal agencies, monitoring compliance with law and regulation, and conducting public education and outreach. While there, he also initiated a major research project investigating the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, publishing reports that are cited by the Library of Congress and U.S. Institute of Peace. He then served as research consultant for the award-winning Frontline documentary “Ghosts of Rwanda”. Subsequently, he consulted for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, leading a ‘lessons-learned’ study of U.S. policy toward Rwanda and conducting training at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. Most recently, Ferroggiaro was Policy Counsel to International Sustainable Systems, a Washington, D.C. consultancy, where he focused on conflict analysis, government accountability, and citizen participation.
As a speaker, trainer, and political advisor, Ferroggiaro has lectured on public policy issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute, and elsewhere; advised think-tanks concerning Iraq and Sudan; briefed senior officials in the U.S. and other countries; conducted training of national and state officials, including most recently, the Macedonian information commission; coordinated conferences and presented remarks in several countries; and provided comments or testimony to legislatures, national commissions, and international organizations. Ferroggiaro has operational and policy advisory experience with Presidential, Congressional, and local campaigns. He has appeared in television, radio, and print media both in the U.S. and abroad, including CNN International, BBC, and NPR, and he has written for the Baltimore Sun and TomPaine.com, among others.