At a Glance
- Career History: Maryland Motor Truck Association (2003 to 2009); Administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MMVA) (1997 to 2003); Assistant Administrator at the MMVA (1992 to 1997)
- Hometown: Larchmont, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: St. John's College, B.A., 1980; Maryland University, M.A. (public management)
- Spouse: Dan
- DC Office: 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, DC 20590; Phone: 202-366-4000
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Path to Power
Growing up in Larchmont, N.Y., Ferro had a love of horses and travelling.
After high-school, Ferro took that passion West to work as a ranch-hand in California. She stayed for a year before deciding to move back to New York and attend the state college in Albany. She only lasted a year before dropping out and heading to Wyoming for mountaineering school.
Ferro heads the FMCSA, where she sets regulations and enforces rules that govern commercial motor carriers, like semi-trucks and other cargo vehicles that populate America's highways. This responsibility includes developing standards that drivers must meet in orer to be licensed, while also gathering information about motor carrier accidents in order to further improve safety.
When Obama announced Ferro as his choice to head the FMCSA, drivers' unions expressed dismay because of her stint as head of an association representing Maryland truck companies. While heading the association funded by truck companies, Ferro supported a 2003 George W. Bush administration ruling that increased the legal limit of hours that truckers could be on the road. Unions did not support the hour increase.
Heading the FMCSA, Ferro works in the DOT reporting to Transportation Secretary Raymond H. LaHood and Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari. From 1999 to 2002, Porcari served in Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening's (D) cabinet, heading the state Department of Transportation. During Porcari's stint in the cabinet, Ferro headed Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration.
Ferro has donated $2,000 since 2004, all of which has gone to support the American Trucking Association political action committee.