Greg Ferrara is the president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA). Based in Washington, D.C., NGA is the national trade association that is the voice of the retail and wholesale companies that comprise the independent sector of the supermarket industry, as well as those 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 that 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 joined NGA in November 2005, Ferrara brings a wealth of experience in the grocery industry, having managed his family’s century-old supermarket in New Orleans before the store was ultimately destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Greg holds a BA in political science from Loyola University New Orleans and is a fellow of the prestigious 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. He is an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman who enjoys camping and cooking. He and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of two children, Matthew and Katelyn.