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 1998 and Mayor Pro-Tem in 1997 and 2003.
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.