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Ariel Ferreira

UpStep, Inc.)
CEO/Founder
Ariel Ferreira, a living organ donor, has had many accomplishments throughout his young career. His progressive work and support to local nonprofit groups and small businesses has helped strengthen and maintain many public services within the community.

Mr. Ferreira is no stranger to the non-profit and political sector. Prior to launching working for the NY Women's Chamber of Commerce, he served as a legislative and budget director for an elected official in the New York City Council. While maintaining the legislative agenda and monitoring the progress of all legislative items, Mr. Ferreira directly assisted in developing and composing new legislation. He was also responsible for reviewing and processing the acquisition and distribution of $6.4 million in capital funding and $676,000 in expense funding for community based organizations. Mr. Ferreira worked closely with the Manhattan Delegation and Black, Latino & Asian Caucus on various legislative and budget issues. Mr. Ferreira also sat as a board member in the Manhattan Community Board 12. In addition, for more than 5 years, Mr. Ferreira worked as a youth program supervisor in Alianza Dominicana, Inc, where he empowered youth to become leaders of their community. In 2003, as one of the many acknowledgments for his selfless contributions to the community, he received a Proclamation Award from the New York City Council for his outstanding services and contributions to the City of New York.

Today, Ariel is enhancing the small business community. Ariel’s strength, vitality and conviction bring a real and true example to the youth and inspire them to be young leaders in today’s world starting with their communities.