Recommended by: Governor
Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman of the Board, served as acting Chairman from January 1, 2013 to June 20, 2013.
Mr. Ferrer is co-chairman and a partner at Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm. He also serves as a director of Sterling Bancorp, Sterling National Bank, and the Regional Plan Association.
Ferrer served in the New York City Council from 1982 to 1987 and was Bronx Borough President from 1987 through 2001. During his 14-year tenure he created housing for about 66,000 families. The borough saw a significant drop in crime, particularly in the South Bronx, and a steady rise in business and real estate investment.
In 2005, Ferrer became the first Latino to win the Democratic Party nomination for New York City Mayor. He served as president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a non-profit, progressive think tank dedicated to economic and social justice; as a member of the board of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; and as chair of the board of the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.
He earned his BA degree from the University Heights College of Arts and Sciences of New York University, and his MPA degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Manhattan, Mercy, Herbert H. Lehman, and Metropolitan Colleges, the Eugene J. Keogh Public Service Awards from the Alumni Association of New York University, as well as hundreds of awards from schools, community groups, institutions, and faith communities.
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