Marc–Philip Ferzan is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, VA. He has more than 20 years of experience in addressing complex challenges, conducting methodical investigations, and collaborating with a range of subject matter experts to facilitate informed decision–making for leaders tackling some of the most significant immediate and emerging risks of the 21st Century. Mr. Ferzan has an extensive background in implementing projects and programs in complicated regulatory environments, and has spent much of his career focusing on issues related to emergency preparedness and response, crisis management, and evaluating relevant geopolitical, economic, environmental, societal and technological factors in a holistic way to maximize opportunity and minimize risk. It is through this lens that he and the Ankura team work with clients to help inform a broad range of strategic and tactical plans, facilitate capital planning and investment decisions, and devise cost–effective and efficient solutions for building resilience across critical facilities and IT systems.
Prior to providing risk advisory and management services to clients, Mr. Ferzan enjoyed unique professional experiences that are the foundation for his approach to helping clients devise realistic and scalable solutions that can be implemented to adapt where higher risk profiles exist. Over the course of his career, he has undertaken a number of leadership roles to tackle significant challenges confronting public and private sector entities, including those presented by the often interconnected impacts of natural disaster events, infrastructure and critical facilities failures, cyber–attacks, and homeland security threats, among others.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a Presidentially–declared natural disaster event resulting in multi–billion dollar impacts to the New York and New Jersey metropolitan region’s infrastructure, economic, housing, natural resources, and health and social services sectors, Mr. Ferzan was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to a newly created dual cabinet and senior staff position responsible for developing a coordinated and accelerated approach to the State’s recovery by leveraging available federal, state, and private sector resources. As part of his responsibilities, he also served as the Governor’s representative on the President’s multi–agency Hurricane Sandy Task Force, which recommended best practices in post–disaster recovery and rebuilding processes, highlighted opportunities to enhance resilience and mitigate damages from future extreme weather events and other hazards, and promoted innovative solutions for private sector contribution and collaboration through mechanisms like Public Private Partnerships.
Mr. Ferzan also previously served as part of the front office management team at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General as Executive Assistant Attorney General. Maintaining necessary security clearances, he helped to manage more than 8,000 employees, and provided legal and policy guidance on a broad range of law enforcement, homeland security, emergency response, and regulatory matters to the Attorney General, as well as the Governor and Lt. Governor, Statehouse staff, and executive–level management of State departments and agencies. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, he served as a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, where he held various leadership positions, including Chief of the Commercial Crimes Unit, and Acting Deputy and Executive Assistant US Attorney. While at the US Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ferzan was assigned necessary security clearances to facilitate national security investigations, and also established and supervised the Office’s first Department of Justice–designated Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) group of prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting data breaches, botnets, malicious computer viruses, and computer intrusions in conjunction with the FBI, US Secret Service, and other Federal and state law enforcement agencies. Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, he also served in Washington, DC as a Trial Attorney with the US Department of Justice and Senior Counsel with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.
Mr. Ferzan currently holds an appointment as a Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His courses have examined existing policies and practices related to the challenges of managing various risks, as well as opportunities to channel public and private sector resources into long–term planning, sustainability, and resiliency initiatives.
His previous professional presentations and speaking engagements include:
- Keynote Speaker, “Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation Finance,” Environmental Defense Fund Conference, New York, NY (March 27, 2014)
- Closing Keynote Speaker, “Business in Society Conference: Public–Private Partnerships, An Opportunity to Build the Nation’s Resilience,” Darden School of Business Conference, Charlottesville, VA (March 20, 2015)
- Panelist, “Infrastructure and Environment, Continuity of Critical Services,” Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Academy, Chicago, Il (July 27, 2015)
- Host / Moderator, “Constitution Day: A View from the Newsroom, The First Amendment and Freedom of the Press” University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (September 17, 2015)
- Panelist, “Earthquakes, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Chemical Spills: Legal Responses to Disasters in the US and Asia – Mapping the Legal Terrain,” University of Pennsylvania Law School Conference, Philadelphia, PA (November 20, 2015)