Karen Ferguson Esq.

Pension Rights Center

Karen Ferguson is Director of the Pension Rights Center in Washington, a nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the pension interests of workers, retirees, and their families. Before starting the Pension Rights Center in 1976, Ferguson worked as an attorney for the law firm Bell, Boyd and Lloyd, the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Interest Research Group, and the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds.


She has been a consultant to the Department of Labor, the Office of Management and Budget, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation. Ms. Ferguson is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.


She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

She is also co-author with Kate Blackwell of Pensions in Crisis: Why the System is Failing America and How You Can Protect Your Future (Arcade Publishing, New York) and published in softcover as The Pension Book: What You Need to Know to Prepare for Retirement.