Frida Ferrer

Frida Ferrer

Program Coordinator

As Program Manager for the Center for Urban Studies, Frida Ferrer co-manages the joint UB-PS37 in-school Community as Classroom Program (CAC) for middle school and the Academic Summer Camp for Neighborhood Development.  She supervises the community/school garden programs in the FruitBelt.   She organizes a yearly neighborhood clean-up mobilizing the community school, CBOs, the local government, donors, volunteers, students, faculty and staff of the SUNY at Buffalo’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  In her involvement with the FruitBelt community, she provides assistance to residents and or groups in project planning and administration to support their projects in the neighborhood.   Ms. Ferrer had provided support to various projects, such as the Office of Urban Initiatives (1996-2000), the HUD-funded Buffalo Community Development Work Study Program (1998 to 2007), the SUNY at Buffalo Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program (2002 to 2005) and the UB Center for Urban Studies’ Health Status of the Near Eastside Community and Neighborhood Conditions Project (1999 to 2000).  She served as Program Coordinator of the HUD’s Buffalo East Side Neighborhood Transformation Project (ESNTP) and ran summer youth programs out of ESNTP’s CAO-UB Community Outreach Center in the FruitBelt (2006-2010).   Prior to joining the Center for Urban Studies, she was involved in rural development research at the Philippine Department of Agriculture, Projects Preparation Unit, Office of the Minister (1977 to1989).  She served as Program Coordinator to the fact-finding and feasibility missions of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Highland Development Program for Benguet Mt. Province in northern Philippines.  She also assisted in the design of the Training Component for the Philippine Agricultural Support Services Project funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction & Development (IBRD).  Further, she facilitated a number of planning sessions among farmers and assisted in the review and evaluation of support programs to pilot projects in farming technology.   Ms. Ferrer holds a post graduate diploma in Project Development from the Research Institute for Management Science (RVB) at the Delft University, Netherlands, earned credits towards a diploma in Urban Planning from the SUNY at Buffalo’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, graduated with a business degree from St. Paul College, Philippines and earned credits in liberal arts and elementary education at Maryknoll College, Philippines.