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Charles D. Ferris

Charles Ferris (1933-2024) was a long-time congressional aide to then-Senator Mike Mansfield, working as general counsel to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and chief counsel to Senator Mansfield from 1964 to 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. After leaving federal service, he was a member of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., in Washington, D.C. from 1981-2013. His practice focused primarily on communications and federal relations law.

Mr. Ferris served on the Mansfield Foundation’s Board of Directors from 1990 to 2016. Following his retirement, he remained on the Foundation’s International Advisory Board.

Mr. Ferris received his A.B. from Boston College (1954), and his J.D. from Boston College Law School (1961), where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Boston College (1978).