Barbara Ferrer is the chief strategy officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which partners with communities to create conditions so all children can realize their full potential in school, work, and life.
Dr. Ferrer oversees the foundation’s key program areas, including Education & Learning; Food, Health, & Well-Being; Family Economic Security; Racial Equity; Community Engagement; and Leadership. She is responsible for integrating the foundation’s focus on priority places—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Orleans, Mexico, and Haiti—with the foundation’s national networks.
Before joining the foundation in 2014, Dr. Ferrer was the executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. She also has served as director of health promotion and chronic disease prevention and director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Ferrer served as headmaster of a theme-based district high school focused on preparing youth for college and careers in health and technology.
Dr. Ferrer received her doctorate from the Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University; a master’s degree in public health from Boston University; a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; and a bachelor’s degree in community studies from the University of California in Santa Cruz.