Where Industry Meets the Classroom

aka Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation   |   Sacramento, CA   |


The Construction Industry Educational Foundation, in partnership with SRBX contributes significantly to the health of the construction and design industry by supporting educational endeavors, mentoring initiatives and training activities throughout California.

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Executive Director

Mr. Jordan Blair

Main address

5370 Elvas Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95819 USA

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NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the US National Association of Homebuilders, 82% of construction companies consider their main concern to be a shortage of construction workers. In addition, economic trends outline the continuing volatility of workforce demand and composition; the scarcity of labor, driven by demographic shifts; and the need for new and broader skill sets at all levels driven by surging technology. The challenge to reverse the void of skilled, diverse, dedicated workers in the construction industry will only be more pressing in the years to come. Particularly as the construction industry, like so many other trades, faces the realities of an aging workforce. The Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) and its partners understand the necessity to build a pipeline to engage, inspire, and funnel a 21st Century workforce to support the industry need. We are dedicated to meeting the demands of the construction world by providing access to hands-on engagement and learning along wi

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Design Build

Our anchor youth program, Design Build, has been encouraging generations of students to pursue careers in the construction trades since 1986. This semester-long program works with high school students throughout the State of California to compete in designing and building a 96 square foot structure (storage shed, tiny home, playhouse, etc.) with guidance from teachers and industry professionals. Many structures are donated to local charities or sold with proceeds benefitting the school's programs. The program is free to participating schools and their students.
Scope: Semester program, Spring - delivered on campuses, followed by a two-day competition and an awards ceremony in Northern and Southern California.
Population Served: 834 Students, 44 Schools, 46 Teachers supported by 50+ volunteers.
Program Delivery Area: 72% in the Greater Sacramento Region 19% in Southern California and 9% delivery in the San Francisco Bay area.
Program Deliver Dates: January – May, Annually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

C.R.E.A.T.E. - Construction - Redevelopment - Engineering - Architecture - Trades - Education
The CREATE Mentoring Program exists to educate and inspire students to pursue career pathways which create the built environment. High School students are provided a mock request for proposal (RFP) where they are challenged to move through the project's design, engineering and construction with their peers supported by industry leaders who review and recommend. In addition, mentors host students on virtual and in person field trips to industry offices and active job sites.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The CREATE Summer Camp invites students from across California to design and build for a local non-profit while engaging with industry, community, and elected leaders. Held on the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Campus, this project is a six-day, five-night experience for students that brings a unique stay on a college campus, exploring career opportunities, while gaining hands-on construction experience. College students serve as camp counselors and an extra set of knowledgeable hands during instruction time. Students who participate in CREATE or Design Build are eligible to apply for a scholarship to offset costs.
Scope: Six days, five nights on the CSUS Campus, with regional and San Francisco jobsite and active build tours.
Population Served: 32 Students, 4 Instructors, 6 Youth Counselors, supported by 30+ Volunteers.
Program Delivery Area: California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).
Program Deliver Dates: July of each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CIEF seeks to be the national leader in introducing youth to built environment occupations and fostering quality programs for trades professionals, creating a pathway “where the industry meets the classroom”.

Born out of the need to engage the next generation of tradespeople, CIEF works to introduce youth and young adults to the rewarding careers available in the built environment. In addition, CIEF endeavors to provide construction, design, and trade professionals much needed training.

CIEF programs include youth programs embedded in California State Education Standards, mentoring initiatives that bring the side-by-side learning between industry mentors and youth, and professional workshops focused on safety training, legal, human resources, business leadership and scholarships. CIEF hosts an endowment to support both academic and summer experience scholarships for students, with over $90,000 awarded annually.

The CIEF Board of Trustees activated a new strategic plan (2021 – 2025) that outlines a vision for refining, designing, and implementing high quality youth programs, along with expanding workshops for young industry professionals while working to deepen the organizations engagement with its partners, construction trade leaders, schools, government, and community. In addition, the organization is dedicated to scaffolding its internal structure to meet the current and anticipated substantial growth within the state of California and beyond. The plan includes a much needed expanded vision around diversity, equity and inclusion in both foundation staff and our training vision, illustrated by our Women in Construction Conference, in its third year of delivery.

Setting new pathways for engagement and education while tooling a new culture of diversity underscores our vision to provide opportunities that will make a powerful impact on the culture and the 21st Century workforce for the building industry.

To date, CIEF's ability to design and implement high quality programming and outreach while continually anticipating future marketplace opportunities has been well supported by trustees culled from industry leaders, strategic partnerships, and a professional staff with combined experience of 20+ years in programming, leadership, and organizational infrastructure.

To maintain the organization's health, longevity, and uber focus on its mission, CIEF understands capacity updates are essential. CIEF plans on measurable improvements in the efforts to diversify revenue, board and staff growth, and development along with refinement in the workplace and technology to continue high quality service and growth.

Founded in 2004 by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX), CIEF has had tremendous success supporting the health of the construction and design industry through the creation and implementation of education programs for youth and young professionals with the intent to address the growing labor shortage. In recent years, CIEF service has grown from serving 350 students annually to over 2,700, in a four-year span alone (2015 -2019). In 2020, CIEF awarded $93,750 in student scholarships and provided 14 nonprofit grants. Consistent delivery of high-quality education engagement in the built environment has brought about expanded program partners, robust growth in board members and sponsorship opportunities, and a modest increase in staff.

CIEF will continue to focus their energy and attention on the refinement of outreach and programs while enhancing its internal and fund development management. Assuring that CIEF's vision to provide opportunities “Where Industry Meets the Classroom” presents model programming available to all.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Anecdotal discussions and feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In the last two years CIEF programs have grown exponentially in the number of schools and students we serve. We are dedicated to continuing the refinement of our delivery to meet the needs of our schools and our students. Feedback from our most recent program year (2019) identified a concern the program was to onerous. CIEF worked to modify the program to meet the school timeline WITHOUT impacting the programs impact or education standards.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,



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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Board of directors
as of 8/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Karen Conrod

Herrero Builders

Term: 2021 - 2022

Board co-chair

Mr. Will Cates

Project Manager, Hensel Phelps

Term: 2021 - 2022

Shawn Krogh

Partner, Krogh & Decker, LLP

Randy Gregg

Director, Enterprise Holdings

Rich Perryman

Northern California Tile & Stone

Erik Tickler

Chief Operating Officer, Valdez Painting, Inc.

Kevin Brennan

President, Landmark Construction

Darrin Henry

Project Manager, Brown Construction, Inc.

Mick Penn

Community Relations, Swinerton

Cory Bangs

Division Manager, Airco Mechanical, Inc.

Sean Falvey

Project Executive, Sundt

Steve Harder

Project Manager, Gilbane

Jeanine Jansen

NEXT Representative, Royal Electric Co.

Eric Streich

Vice President & General Manager, Teichert Energy & Utilities Group

John Stump

President, Flint Builders

Josh Wertz

Chief Operating Officer, Western Engineering Contractors

Matt Perry

Assistant Superintendent, Sacramento Office of Education

Wendy Cohen

President, Kitchell CEM

Jenny Freitas

Manager, Concrete North, Inc.

Vance Lancaster

Vice President, LB Construction, Inc.

Rick Rice

Vice President, Urata & Sons Concrete, Inc.

Dan Wheeler

Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.