Educator and a Real Estate Executive
An immigrant from Lebanon, Ferris and his wife had operated F&D Properties, one of the few real estate companies willing to invest in Hollywood when others were abandoning it in 1983. During this time, Ferris’s family-owned and operated the acclaimed Hollywood Schoolhouse founded in 1945. The school served as a safe haven for neighborhood children and now serves as a national model for creative learning for grades K-6. Ferris is involved in many neighborhood and city projects, including the Hollywood Media District, which he founded; Business Improvement District (BID), first established in 2000 and continues to serve on the board; the mission of the Hollywood Media District is to enhance the security, cleanliness, beautification and commercial desirability of the area. He is also a founding member of the Los Angeles Beirut Sister City Committee and currently serves as its Chairman; he served on the board of the House of Lebanon and has been instrumental in locating a permanent structure for the organization and its activities. Ferris is a longtime member of Rotary International, serving on Club and District Boards. He is currently serving as Treasurer of the Getty House Foundation; Vice President of the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council; Co-Chair of the Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board; Advisor to the President of the World Lebanese Cultural Union; Treasurer, Los Angeles Cedars Rotary Club and Foundation; Board Member, Media Business Improvement District, and the Treasurer for the Hollywood Sign Trust.