Meet the 2022 Boards and Commissions Fellowship Mentors


Toni Ferro

Toni Ferro graduated from Caldwell High School and from the University of Redlands with a degree in Engineering. She moved to Portland in the early 1990s where she worked in the high-tech industry managing projects with team members located around the world. While in Portland she joined the board of the Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education and volunteered for various other organizations and local campaigns. In 2008 she moved to Seattle to study the relationships between technology and society in the Human Centered Design and Engineering department at the University of Washington. As part of her work on her doctorate she taught theory and writing to undergraduate and graduate students. While in Seattle she joined the board of UAW 4121, the union that advocates for student workers at the University of Washington. Through her work at the union, she got to see the positive impacts that result from workers having a seat at the table in negotiating wages, benefits, and working conditions. She also experienced first hand how organizing a group of people to work together to achieve a goal can make meaningful, positive, institutional change. Now, Toni is devoted to making meaningful institutional change through organizing here in Idaho. She is running for the state legislature and encouraging others who are interested in running for local office.