Ariel Ferreira

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 enhance many communities. Mr. Ferreira is no stranger to the private and public sector. As Director of MWBE services of the NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC), he provided technical assistance, workshops, and marketing resources to Minority and Women owned businesses in order to acquired procurement contracts from city and state agencies.

Prior to working for the NYWCC, he served as a legislative and budget director within 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 capital and $676,000 expense funding for community based organizations. Mr. Ferreira also worked closely with the Manhattan Delegation and Black, Latino & Asian Caucus on various legislative and budget issues. In 2003, as one of the many acknowledgments, he received a Proclamation Award from the New York City Council for his outstanding services and contributions to the City of New York.

In 2012, Ariel founded UpStep, Inc, a creative marketing and project management firm that focuses on influencing sales through use of various marketing tools and completing projects within time and budget. In addition, he worked on a one year branding initiative developed in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, School of Visual Arts, & the Washington Heights BID to drive

awareness of the businesses, culture, arts, and beauty of Washington Heights and Inwood.

Today, as a licensed financial professional, Ariel  focuses  on changing lives by matching education with common financial tools and strategies that help families overcome real-life financial challenges.


Ariel is an executive speaker at the Men of Color Leadership Conference in NYC. Register here!

Men of Color Leadership Conference 2018: New York