Greg Ferrara is the president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA). NGA, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national trade association and voice of retail and wholesale companies that comprise the independent sector of the supermarket industry, including companies that provide products and services to the industry. In his role as president and CEO, Ferrara is responsible for working closely with NGA’s Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic vision which advances the association’s efforts and public policy positions in support of the independent supermarket industry.
Prior to being appointed president and CEO, Ferrara served as NGA’s executive vice president and chief lobbyist, responsible for representing the association and its members before members of Congress, federal agencies and the executive branch on a wide-variety of issues while also overseeing NGA’s political and grassroots affairs, including the NGA Grocers PAC. In addition, he had responsibility for NGA’s communications, marketing and membership departments. Ferrara was also responsible for working closely with and maintaining an excellent relationship between NGA and its national and state trade association partners.
Having first joined NGA in November 2005, Ferrara brings a wealth of experience in the grocery industry from managed his family’s century-old supermarket in New Orleans before the store was ultimately destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Ferrera holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University New Orleans and is a fellow of the Institute of Politics at Loyola University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and is a graduate of the NGA Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University.