Ferki Ferati

Executive Director, The Jefferson Educational Society
Ferki Ferati

Mr. Ferki Ferati has been with The Jefferson Educational Society since its founding in 2008, first as Director of Research and Operations, but was quickly promoted to Executive Director in 2009 and then to Vice President in 2013. During those six years, Mr. Ferati has supervised more than 600 programs, including the nationally-recognized annual Global Summit speaker series. He also oversees various publications, such as the Jefferson Essays and the Journal of Erie Studies. For two years, he helped successfully guide the Nation’s largest War of 1812 Celebration for the Erie Area called the Perry 200 Commemoration.
Mr. Ferati is currently is doctoral candidate in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2012, Mr. Ferati received his Master’s in Public Administration from Gannon University. He earned his bachelor degree from Mercyhurst University, majoring in Intelligence Studies and minoring in Russian Studies in 2007.
He is active in the Erie community serving on the board of the Perry 200 Commemoration, the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, and Destination Erie: A Regional Vision. Most recently, Mr. Ferati joined the board of Brookings Institution’s Metropolitian Policy Program’s Metropolitan Leadership Council. Mr. Ferati is also a graduate of Leadership Erie in 2010 and 2011, and was a member of the Erie Reader’s inaugural class of 40 Under 40.

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