The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Katie Ferrier as our new Vice President of Education and Workforce Development. In this role, she will be responsible for serving as a leading policy expert, strategist, and resource for important issues in the education and workforce development space all the way from Pre-K to post-secondary education, including school finance, accountability, funding for institutions of higher education, skills gaps, and building a strong talent pipeline to meet the needs of San Antonio’s employers today and into the future.
“The pandemic has highlighted one of our community’s vulnerabilities and the all-important need for our business community and leaders to focus on education and workforce development as the overarching priority through COVID recovery and beyond. I am thrilled to welcome Katie to the Chamber’s already strong team of professionals. Her expertise, past experience in policy, strategic thinking/action, energy, and enthusiasm will be vital to our continued success in leading initiatives that directly impact the opportunities for success of our city.”
Before joining the Chamber, Ferrier owned her own business serving nonprofit organizations and public officials, helping them to make connections, raise revenue, solicit media attention, and fulfill their missions. She has worked as a legislative staffer in both chambers of the US Congress and served as national representative in the Washington, DC offices of YMCA of the USA and Girl Scouts of the USA, securing appropriations and shepherding legislation and regulations at the federal level. Ferrier has also served state and local organizations in Austin including the Real Estate Council of Austin and Texas Alliance of Child & Family Services.
“I believe the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is uniquely positioned to help our community’s recovery as we transition from rescue mode to longer-term strategies. Talent is a strategic asset for the growth of our economy. The Chamber can help more community members contribute to our economy by giving a voice to local employers and helping support business strategies and initiatives. I’m excited to be a part of the collaborative effort, and I’m eager to get started,” said Ferrier.
Ferrier has a B.A. from the Texas Tech University and an M.A. in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University.