Anna Ferrera is the founder and Executive Director of the School Energy Coalition (SEC), a statewide organization made up of K-12 schools, community colleges, private sector school construction and energy consultants with regard to energy efficiency and renewable retrofits and projects for California’s students.
In 2013, Ms. Ferrera led a successful advocacy effort on behalf of K-14 schools that resulted in an allocation of $428 million in Proposition 39 school project funding in 2013-14, the first of a five year school-focused program. She is the director and spokesperson for SEC responsible for all written communication and advocacy on behalf of member schools and community colleges throughout the state on funding and programs affecting school sites and campuses.
Ms. Ferrera also serves as a legislative advocate on energy and water issues for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.), individual school districts and association clients on state and federal issues at Murdoch Walrath and Holmes (MWH).
Prior to joining MWH, Ms. Ferrera was policy director to the Senate Budget Chair, Denise Moreno Ducheny, managing the Senator’s policy and legislative agenda. Ms. Ferrera's familiarity with federal, state, and local policy and regulatory issues allowed her to successfully take action on education and energy issues of concern for the individuals, families and businesses in the state’s 40th District.
Ms. Ferrera began her career with the state as a consultant to the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) Committee, where she analyzed energy legislation and staffed committee hearings and met with public and private sector energy officials, business and customer organizations.
Ms. Ferrera returned home to California in 1999 after serving every Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration in Washington, D.C. She began as Chief of Staff in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) under Secretary Hazel O’Leary and later served as Special Assistant to Secretary Federico Pena and Senior Advisor to Secretary Bill Richardson. Her accomplishments included the coordination of the National Energy Policy Plan, and managing the energy-related input for the White House Initiative for Climate Change.
Prior to her appointment to USDOE, Ms. Ferrera was Policy and Legislative Counsel on Energy, Transportation and Communications issues at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Ferrera was born and raised in Pico Rivera, California and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California with a specialization in intergovernmental management; she also has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California at Davis. She lives in Davis with her husband John, and is the proud parent of two California University students.