A West Michigan foundation is adding to its senior leadership.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek said last month that it has appointed Barbara Ferrer to the position of chief strategy officer.
Ferrer, former executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, will lead the foundation’s work to create strategies for each of its programs, focusing mainly on its efforts in education, health, food, family and economic security.
“I am thrilled to work with WKKF's talented team at the national and international level and focus on improving life outcomes for young children and their families," Ferrer said. "I've witnessed the enormous impact and reach of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and I'm excited to help the foundation move forward in making the world a better place for vulnerable children."
La June Montgomery Tabron, the foundation’s president and CEO, said she “could not be more pleased” to have Ferrer join the team, calling her a “a national leader in addressing the systemic and structural inequities and behavior patterns that contribute to health disparities and negatively affect life outcomes for children.”
"She brings an exceptionally rich body of knowledge around both public health issues and education, and she understands deeply the impacts of disparity on vulnerable children and families,” Tabron said. “She shares our belief that addressing the whole child is essential. I know the foundation — and most importantly, the populations we seek to serve — will benefit enormously from Barbara's knowledge, talents and approaches. We look forward to her leadership."
Ferrer holds a master’s degree in public health from Boston University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. She received her doctorate from Brandeis University’s Heller School.