Hon. Fernando FerrerCo-Chairman
Fernando brings over 25 years of innovative and accomplished leadership in New York City government, for which he has been nationally recognized as an architect for revitalizing American cities.
Currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Active director of Sterling Bancorp, Sterling National Bank, and the Regional Plan Association
Honored by City & State Reports with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Law, Labor & Lobbying
Ran for Mayor of New York City in 2001 and won the Democratic Primary for Mayor in 2005, becoming the first Latino in city history to do so
During 14-year tenure as borough president of The Bronx, designed and oversaw the largest urban rebuilding effort in the country, transforming what was once a national symbol of urban decay into an international model for urban revival
Presented the Crown Community Award by City and County Magazine in 1999 for innovative healthcare initiatives in The Bronx
Recognized for Bronx revival by the National Civic League with the All-America City Award in 1997
Served as President of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, as well as on the boards of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Project Renewal, Metropolitan College of New York, and chaired the board of Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association
Represented the 13th District in the City Council from 1982 to 1987, and authored the Police Padlock Law, the Window Guard Law, and the first Civilian Complaint Review Board Law, as well as championing laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and language
Monthly opinion columnist for El Diario-La Prensa and the New York Daily News
University Heights College of Arts and Sciences at New York University (BA)
Baruch College of the City University of New York (MPA)
Manhattan, Mercy, Herbert H. Lehman and Metropolitan Colleges (Honorary Degrees)Read Full Bio
During his over 14-year tenure as borough president of The Bronx, Ferrer designed and oversaw the largest urban rebuilding effort in the country.
On Ferrer’s watch, over 66,000 small homes and apartments were built, over 34,000 new jobs were created by hundreds of new businesses and over 2.5 billion dollars were invested in institutional renewal and growth.
In 1997, the Bronx revival was recognized by the National Civic League with the prestigious All-America City Award and in 1999, the borough’s innovative health care initiatives, including the groundbreaking Bronx Health Link, was saluted by City and County Magazine with the presentation of their Crown Community Award.
During his service as a member of the New York City Council representing the 13th District from 1982 to 1987, Ferrer authored the Police Padlock Law, the Window Guard Law and the first Civilian Complaint Review Board Law, as well as championing laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and language, among others.
Ferrer also serves as a director of Sterling National Bank (serving as Chairman of its Credit Risk Sub-Committee and a member of its Audit and Enterprise Risk Committees), the Regional Plan Association and is Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also serving as its Chairman of the New York City Transit and Bus Committee.
Areas of Expertise: Public Finance, Infrastructure, Transportation, Healthcare, Housing and Community Development and Government Affairs and Regulation.