Since its inception in 2001, The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc. has grown into a nationally recognized model for addressing training and employment issues in the industry.  This program has opened doors to career opportunities in the building and construction trades available through union apprenticeship programs and is helping to strengthen New York City’s middle class.  The access to meaningful long-term careers that pay good wages and benefits is empowering individuals and strengthening our communities. 

Construction Skills is dedicated to preparing a trained and skilled workforce from diverse communities throughout the five boroughs for careers in the unionized construction industry.  With an outstanding rate of success, including a retention rate of better than 80%, Construction Skills has resulted in a stronger, more diverse workforce with African Americans, Hispanics and Asians from all five boroughs representing the majority of new union members in the industry..

The skills involved in creating New York City’s breathtaking skyline and network of roads, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure require the best-trained, safest construction professionals in the world.  Construction Skills provides the training and the access to the exciting and rewarding careers available in the unionized construction industry.  Our graduates are not only helping to shape New York City’s skyline—they are building bright futures.

Officers and Staff
  • Patrick Dolan Jr., Chairman and Treasurer
  • Edwin Lopez, Secretary
  • Gary LaBarbera, President and CEO
  • Nicole A. Bertrán, Executive Vice President
  • Talisa Smith, Program Coordinator
Board of Directors
  • Louis Coletti, President and CEO, Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA)
  • Darly Corniel, Director of Education Program Operations, Consortium for Worker Education (CWE)
  • Patrick Dolan Jr., President, Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local 638
  • Paul Fernandes, Executive Director, New York City and Vicinity Carpenters Labor Management Corporation
  • Jeffrey M. Grabelsky, The Worker Institute at Cornell, ILR School, Cornell University
  • Davon Lomax, Political Director, IUPAT District Council 9
Board of Directors
  • Edwin Lopez, Executive Secretary, New York Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • James Mahoney, President, NYS Ironworkers District Council
  • Raymond G. McGuire, Esq., Partner, Kauff, McGuire & Margolis LLP
  • Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director, ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York
  • Wendy Webb, Apprentice Field Coordinator, Building and Construction Laborers Local 79
  • Jonathan Westin, Executive Director, New York Communities for Change
A Tribute to Our Founder -1935-2012

Edward J. Malloy was instrumental in changing the face of the construction industry. Together with industry leaders, he founded Construction Skills 2000 which has grown into the successful program that it is today. In honor of the commitment to excellence that Mr. Malloy brought to the initiative, Construction Skills 2000 was renamed The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc.