Ferrel “FC” Bonner’s career spans well over 30 plus years of military, political, and grassroots advocacy experience. His professional career also includes: Certified Cyber Security Practitioner, Facility Information Security Officer (FISO), Information Assurance Officer (IASO), Intelligence, Security Consulting, US Department of Justice Contractor (USDOJ), Volunteer Disaster Reservist for Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Office of the Secretary and Under Secretary, Headquarters Department of Veterans Affair in Washington, D.C.
Ferrel is an Honorably Discharged Military Retiree with 20 years of service with specialty as a Military Intelligence Analyst in support of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mission. He is a Gulf War Veteran whose military career began in the U.S. Army where he also specialized in the following areas: Security Management; Emergency Operations; Special Operations Support; PATRIOT Missile Defense; Tactical Communications; Personnel Management; and executing quality control programs.
Ferrel served on the local PTO and on both the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) Facilities Steering Committee and FBISD Capacity Audit Committees. He is currently a member of the FBISD Board Leadership Program (BLA); serves on the Advisory and Subcommittee for Sugar Land 95 Project (SL 95), and Commissioner, Fort Bend County Historical Commission (FBCHC). He is a graduate of Houston’s United Way’s Project Blueprint Class XXV, member 100 Black Men of Houston Metropolitan Chapter, and member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Ferrel believes in “ONE FBISD”. He understands that this must be accomplished by balancing enrollment, providing for equity in education funding & substantive education programs, and board accountability & transparency for all our FBISD schools and students within the district.
Ferrel believes the time is now for change. He is the candidate that is right for FBISD Trustee Position 7. He has the courage, leadership, integrity and competence to get us out of this vicious cycle of unbalanced enrollment, unequal funding and lack of transparency that has plagued our district for years. He believes that we must have the political will to tackle head-on these underlying root causes of the disparity within the District.
A native of Houston, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Public Administration (Public Policy).
After military retirement, Ferrel has resided in Fort Bend County for the past 15 years. He is a husband, father of five, and grandfather of two -all have attended or graduated from FBISD schools. He is a proven community leader and an avid fisherman.