Chuck Palley - Advisory Committee President
Chuck Palley, president of Cahill Contractors, has almost 30 years of experience within the building construction industry and over 25 which have been at Cahill, first as a project manager, then as vice president and finally, as president for the last seven years.

Palley is both a Professional Engineer and a LEED-accredited professional with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Construction Management from the University of Illinois. Chuck is past president and current Board Member of the Contractor’s Employers Association (CEA); a trade organization of most of the major General Contractors in Northern California.

Many of Cahill’s long term repeat clients have worked in various capacities with Chuck throughout his 25 year history with the company and speak to the reassurance that his presence on a project provides. Chuck’s passion for building with quality and integrity in the Bay Area and his approachable confidence is a core value that resonates throughout Cahill.

Kathryn Cahill - Advisory Committee Member
Kathryn Cahill is a Project Manager at Cahill Contractors, Inc. and represents the fourth generation of the Cahill family working at the company.  At Cahill since 1997, Kathryn has successfully worked on apartment and condominium projects in San Francisco as as well as on numerous projects in Estimating.  Kathryn has a strong background in business and nonprofit strategy, having worked in the Boston offices of the Bridgespan Group and, prior to that, Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).  Outside of work, Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS).

Kathryn holds an A.B. in Economics with a minor in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  She is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

Rob Rich - Advisory Committee Member
Rob is Cahill’s Safety and Risk Management Director.  Prior to joining Cahill, he worked as a Construction Manager in the private sector, public sector (MOH), and for a non-profit developer (TNDC).  After college he worked for 8 years as a laborer and superintendent for a design/build engineering firm specializing in geotechnical construction.  Rob is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California and is on the board of the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (TIHDI).

Marc Spencer - Advisory Committee Member
Marc Spencer is the Chief Executive Officer of Juma Ventures. Marc has more than two decades of experience in youth development, working as a teacher, high school counselor, and nonprofit administrator. Marc served as Juma's Associate Director for more than a year prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer.  He holds a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from the University of California in Los Angeles, as well as master's and doctorate degrees in international multicultural education from the University of San Francisco.

Along with an extensive background in nonprofit management and youth development, Marc brings to Juma a life-long commitment to addressing inequality and activism. Marc served as the Business Development Director for Walden House Inc. in San Francisco with management responsibilities for $40 million in federal and state grants.

Monica Wilson - CIWI Project Director and Advisory Committee Member
Monica Wilson has over 20 years of real estate consulting and development experience in the Bay Area including twelve years of direct real estate, economic and community development experience in San Francisco/Bay Area markets implementing large scale, urban infill community revitalization projects.

Ms. Wilson is the owner of Monica Wilson/Community + Real Estate Development, a San Francisco-based woman-owned, Local Business Enterprise (LBE) consulting firm specializing in creating and implementing the following: Community Engagement and Workforce Development/Local Hire, Community Benefits Plans, Real Estate Development/Project Management/Construction Management services and Economic Development/SBE/LBE Outreach.

Founded in 2011, the firm provides consulting services to urban real estate development and general contracting firms, local government agencies, community groups, non-profits, private foundations, small businesses/entrepreneurs, and financial institutions seeking to expand, enhance and maximize opportunities and resources targeted to economic development, community development, workforce and housing development initiatives.

Alex Francois - Advisory Committee Member
Alex Francois is the owner of Bringing Underemployed Individuals to Local Developers (B.U.I.L.D.) which was established in July 1, 2009.  He obtained a Bachelors Degree of Science in Construction Management and Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

The past 15 years Mr. Francois has dedicated his life to community service, by designing and implementing workforce development programs for general contractors, developers, and community-based organizations.

Due to his extensive knowledge of the Building Trades hiring procedures and apprenticeship requirements, he has maintained effective relationships with the union apprenticeship programs and union business agents.

Mr. Francois has over 15 years of developing best practices and implementation strategies to maximize the participation of hard to reach local resident and work force members at construction sites in San Francisco and Oakland.

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