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Department ofPublic Health

Fred Ferrer

Frederick J. Ferrer

Dean's Executive Professor


B.S. Santa Clara University

M.S. San Jose State University

Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Santa Clara University

Frederick J. Ferrer designed and facilitates the Valeriote Goldman Leadership program.  He also founded and leads Manzanita Solutions, a consulting practice in child development, health, nonprofit management and education reform.  For nine years, Ferrer served as CEO of the Health Trust, a $100 million foundation, which provides direct health services, makes grants, builds community partnerships and advocates for policy changes.  Ferrer is the former Executive Director of Estrella Family Services, an original Arrupe Center community partner. He is a member of the Santa Clara University’s College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board. He chaired The University’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity And Inclusion. He serves on the boards of Rocketship Public Schools and Legacy Academy and the Children’s Discovery Museum LGBTQ Advisory Board.  

Ferrer teaches at De Anza College and Santa Clara County Office of Education. He has completed the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations, and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard University as well as the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Valeriote Goldman Symposium: Public Health & Social Justice