Community & Citizenship Director, Northern California
Turner Construction Company
As Community & Citizenship Director, Elena is responsible for the company’s social responsibility programs in four areas: contract compliance, Turner School of Construction Management training program, youth force and civic/community engagement. Internally, Elena leads the Northern California Professional Women’s Group and is involved with the Northern California Diversity & Inclusion group.
With respect to contract compliance, Elena ensures Turner is compliant with business utilization and workforce goals on major projects in the Bay Area. Past projects include Pier27 Cruise Terminal, three Oakland Airport T1 Renovation Projects, the La Escuelita Downtown Center Project, Kings Stadium, Oakland Army Base, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Annually, she facilitates two Turner School of Construction Management programs in Oakland. This seven-week training program is offered at no cost to minority-owned, women-owned, local, small, disadvantaged and disabled veteran business owners in the construction industry who wish to expand their technical and business skills. Evening classes consist of two-hour courses in: Accounting Basics for Contractors, Estimating, Field Operations, Insurance & Bonding, Management, Business Development/Marketing, Project Delivery Systems & Contract Risk Management, Safety, and Scheduling.
Elena is very active in the San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts. She is Co-Chair of the Tech21 Advisory Council in San Francisco. This is a college-accredited building construction trade lab (pre-apprenticeship program) at John O’Connell High School. The Tech21 program is the first of its kind and is highly successful in guiding students through strenuous academic learning paired with work based learning opportunities. Graduates are then paired with public and private partners to careers within their agencies/companies. She is also advising the Oakland Unified School District on implementing best practices of the Tech21 program in Fremont High School. She was instrumental in developing and implementing an 18-week work-based learning program focused on construction, architecture, engineering and program management at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
From 2011 to March 2017, Elena has represented Turner as Chair and Co-Chair of the Oakland Workforce Development Board.
As part of Turner’s mission to be the best community partner, Elena manages the corporate social responsibility programs: ACE Mentor, Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, LEAP Sandcastle, American Cancer Association and American Heart Association walkathons, Cypress Mandela, Tradeswomen, ASTRA-WBENC, CityBuild, Mission Hiring Hall, MBDA, Disabled Veterans Alliance, and various other community based organizations and charities.
She has been invited to speak on several panels discussing Turner’s supplier diversity programs and women in construction.
Previously, Elena spent 10 years at the Presidio Trust as a Real Estate Leasing Agent managing the rehabilitation of various buildings from design, construction, leasing to tenancy which included landscaping and streetscape, infrastructure improvements, soil remediation, procurement, historic compliance and fiscal oversight.
Project Management Course, UC Berkeley Extension
Photography, San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Workforce Development Board – former Chair and Co-Chair
Turner’s Professional Women’s Group – Committee Member
Tech21- Advisory Council member
Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council – former Board Member
Mexican Museum, San Francisco – former Trustee
Galería de La Raza, San Francisco – former Board Chair
Commercial Real Estate Women – San Francisco (CREW-SF) – former Board Member
San Francisco Carnaval Advisory Committee – current Advisor