Barbara Ferrer

HEADSHOT Ferrer WebBarbara Ferrer is the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which works to protect and promote health and prevent disease in communities across the county. She oversees a budget of more than $900 million and directs a workforce of 4,000 public health practitioners. Ferrer is a nationally known public health leader with more than 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. Most recently, Ferrer served as the chief strategy officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction for critical program-related work and providing leadership to the foundation’s key program areas. Prior to that, Ferrer served as the executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, where she led a range of public health programs and built innovative partnerships to address the inequities in health outcomes and to support healthy communities and healthy families. Ferrer has also served as director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention and as director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a headmaster at a district high school in Boston, she led efforts to significantly improve high school graduation rates and ensure that every graduating senior was accepted to college. Ferrer holds a PhD in social welfare from Brandeis University, an MA in public health from Boston University, an MEd from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a BA in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.