George Ferrari, CEO, Community Foundation of Tompkins County, will be the keynote speaker at the Community Engagement Showcase 2017. The event, which celebrates outstanding local and global community-engaged projects, will be held Monday, April 24, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room.
Ferrari has served as the chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County since August 2005. He has been a committed and active participant in the Tompkins County community since 1980 with a special focus on nonprofit organizations that combine alleviating individual suffering and injustice with working for societal change. Previously he served as the executive director of Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties and worked with families in crisis as the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service’s crisis line manager. Ferrari was the founding executive director of AIDS WORK of Tompkins County. He has also served in positions with Head Start, a federal family development anti-poverty program, as well as in residence life at Cornell University.
Ferrari is a past board president of the Grantmakers Forum of NYS, now called the NY Funders Alliance, an association of foundations from across upstate New York. He has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2005 and currently facilitates the Tompkins County Human Service Coalition’s monthly Forum meetings. He is a member of the Ithaca Rotary club, Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County, and Cayuga Medical Center’s ethics committee. Ferrari was recently elected to a public service position on the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He began service on the board of directors of both the Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County and Kendal at Ithaca in 2016.
He enjoys camping, working out, opera and many varieties of chocolate. He lives in the City of Ithaca with his partner Daniel Hirtler, an architect and founder of the firm Flatfield Designs.