About Us

Gary Ferdman


212-691-6421, Ext. 205 (New York)
gferdman AT commoncause DOT org 


Gary Ferdman joined the staff of Common Cause as Director of Major Gifts in 2007, and currently serves as Assistant to the President.  He is the former Executive Director and Membership and Development Coordinator of Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities/TrueMajority, which he co-founded with Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s in 1996.  His professional career in not-for-profits spans three decades, and includes Business Executives for National Security, American Jewish Committee, United Way and Citizen Action. 


Gary has served on several not-for-profit boards and is currently on three: The Shalom Center, The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, and Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents, which he also co-founded.  He regularly publishes op-eds with his wife, author Myriam Miedzian.


He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.  Trained as a grassroots organizer, he received a Masters Degree in Social Work in Community Organization and Planning from Rutgers University. He also holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance from the New York University School of Business.