Jennifer known as Gigi is running as an Independent candidate for the US Senate. Gigi is a strong activist which has impressed groups such as DUH-Demand Universal Healthcare when they met her at the Peoples' March for Medicare for All in Tacoma in early May. Raised by her father, after losing her mother to uterine cancer, Jennifer credits the leadership roles and qualities in her father, paternal grandmother, great aunt, Girl Scouts, her community, and her faith as the strongest influences in shaping her commitment to community which is why she has never wavered from doing the activism work so evident in Tacoma.
Leadership seems to come naturally to Jennifer. In high school she held various positions in student government then being appointed by the Governor to manage the Illinois Youth Traffic Safety Council, affording her the opportunity to work with the State Patrol, the School District, and many youths and adults in the community, and at the pleasure of the Governor's office.
While attending Austin Peay State University on a golf scholarship, Jennifer majored in Business Administration with a dual minor in Computer Science and Military Science. At the beginning of her Junior year, she met and married her husband, Charles Ferguson, and moved to Mainz, Germany. As a military wife, Jennifer served as Assistant Mayor in Mainz, working with the mayor to be a liaison between Army Command and military families, later creating a position that centered on family needs. After defining her position, she became Hand Receipt Holder (Supply Clerk) for more than a million dollars’ worth of supplies. Her responsibilities included accounting for, controlling and safeguarding government property. Jennifer served her country as an active wife in each unit her husband served, volunteering with soldiers and families, and learning the importance of well-rounded support for our military families.
Back in the States, Jennifer has lived with her family in Washington for 35 years, starting two businesses, a non-profit and earning certifications in Case Management, Human Services and Chemical Dependency. Jennifer began her internship working with youth at El Camino outpatient chemical dependency program in Pierce County and with inpatient juveniles in detention at Remann Hall, a Juvenile Detention Center in Tacoma. After graduation, Jennifer stayed with El Camino while receiving her BA and into her MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family. Jennifer completed her college internship at Madigan Army Medical Center where she worked in the Intensive Outpatient Program with patients that had a multiplicity of mental health issues. After leaving Madigan, Jennifer began her state internship as a Family Preservation Therapist, Family Therapist, Parenting Coach, writing Mental Health Assessments, Parenting Assessments and various other therapeutic positions working with families involved with the Department of Children's Services before starting her non-profit continuing the same work.
As though Gigi doesn't have enough on her plate already, we urge you to visit her Activism page to see her impressive experience as an activist for a variety of issues. The community loved that she showed up at the People's March for Medicare for All and that she's been instrumental in bringing political awareness to those who may be apathetic via Rap In Politics. Gigi is touchable and reachable but make no mistake, she is also a force when fighting for the people.