In 2019, Barbara Ferraro was elected to serve as a Councilmember for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, where she also served from 1995 through 2003. Councilwomen Ferraro was the City's Mayor in 1998and 2023, and Mayor Pro-Tem in 1997, 2003, and 2022.
Councilwoman Ferraro has lived in Rancho Palos Verdes since 1976 (minus the few years she lived in Spain). Councilwoman Ferraro began her teaching career as a Spanish teacher with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in 2000. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Masters of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.