Jane Ferrara is Chief Operating Officer of Economic and Community Development for the City of Richmond, leading the city’s business attraction and retention programs, tourism and real estate strategies team. She also serves as Secretary to the Richmond Economic Development Authority. Jane began her career in commercial real estate in Hampton Roads, Virginia and later relocated to Richmond to serve as Managing Director and partner of Advantis Real Estate Services. In 2005, she left the private sector and joined the City of Richmond as Director of Real Estate. She was promoted to her current position in 2009.
Jane has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations, including the Richmond Real Estate Group, VCU Real Estate Circle of Excellence, the Commercial Council of the Virginia Association of Realtors, the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate and the Virginia CCIM Chapter. She was also a board member of the Children’s Museum of Richmond. In 2006, Jane was selected as a faculty member for the CCIM Institute, where she teaches Commercial Real Estate Investment Financial Analysis. She was named as one of the Top 20 Women in Commercial Real Estate by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Richmond in 2009. Jane lives in Richmond with her husband and two daughters.