Chuck Palley - Advisory Committee President
Chuck Palley has 40 years of experience within the building construction industry, over 30 of which have been at Cahill. Chuck served as President of Cahill Contractors from 2005 and assumed the role of Vice Chair in 2018. Chuck has been a leader in the Bay Area construction industry, serving as a past president and current board member of the Construction Employers’ Association (CEA).
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.
Oscar Zavaleta - Advisory Committee Member
Oscar Zavaleta, founder of the Montez Group (SF-SBA LBE/MBE/DBE), has over two decades of experience in Civil Construction and Engineering. Oscar and his team are currently working in partnership with the Mission Rock Team, including SF Port, Tishman Speyer, and the SF Giants.
His background includes materials testing and inspection, management of large heavy civil projects, and commercial buildings construction. Mr. Zavaleta is a graduate of Santa Clara University and is also extremely involved in the local Bay Area business community as a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the Oakland Latino Chamber of Commerce (OLCC), and member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and member of BART - Small Business Advisory Board.
Norris Cooper - Advisory Committee Member (CIWI Alumni)
Hello, I am Norris Lee Cooper, III and I am from Oakland, CA. In spring of 2013, I was a recipient and mentee in the East Bay College Fund Scholarship program (now known as Oakland Promise). This was an honor as I knew I would it would be a challenge financing my undergraduate career at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as I pursued my B.S in Construction Management.
Through the network that the fund gave me, I applied to an internship opportunity that led to an opportunity working at Cahill as a Project Engineer Intern on Transbay Block 6, coordinated and delivered by CIWI in the summer of 2014. This was pivotal to me and my growth as a Oakland native who had a passion for all aspects of the built environment. Since my initial internship, I have gained 5 years of experience working at top GC’s in California like DPR, Hathaway Dinwiddie, and XL Construction.
Most recently, I have been extremely fortunate to work as a Project Engineer at Truebeck Construction for just over 2 and a half years now. In my time at Truebeck, I have been involved in mentorship, training and teaching internships, aided in Truebeck’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and even participate in student affairs at Cal Poly. Mentorship and the ability to inspire and mentor young black and brown men and women is extremely important to me. I hope that I can continue to be an example and I grow and develop on my career path. Here's a link to my Project Engineer video.
Diane Oshima - Advisory Committee Member
Diane Oshima is the Deputy Director of Planning & Environment for the Port of San Francisco. Diane and her team are responsible for managing land use planning and policy for Port facilities that support ten maritime industries and a diverse mix of industrial, commercial, recreational and public activities that create a vibrant urban waterfront. Their work touches all of the majors works happening at the Port of San Francisco including the Waterfront Resilience Program, Embarcadero Historic District, Pier 70, Mission Rock, the Embarcadero Enhancement Project.
Diane has dedicated her career to environmental and urban planning in San Francisco, having worked for the San Francisco Planning Department before coming to the waterfront. She is an Executive Board member for the Urban Land Institute in San Francisco, and is on ULI’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Diane is recognized for her ability to bring people together, synthesize ideas, and translate them into meaningful action.
Yuhi Aizawa Combatti - Advisory Committee Member
Yuhi Aizawa Combatti (she/her) is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead at Cahill Contractors. Originally from Japan, Yuhi has worked in the construction industry for the last 6 years. As the DEI Lead, Yuhi works with the firm leadership and employees across all levels to advance equity and inclusion at Cahill. Yuhi serves on the student outreach committee of Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) Northern California Chapter.
Matt Irwin - Advisory Committee Member
As the vice president of Cahill Contractors, a woman-owned general contractor in the Bay Area, Matt provides executive leadership to construction projects across all sectors while leading Cahill’s self-perform efforts in concrete and wood-framing. Matt joined Cahill in 2006 and has spearheaded successful education, multi-family residential, and renovation projects in San Francisco and on the Peninsula.