Created and supported by The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Building Skills New York’s (Building Skills) mission is to provide an efficient and convenient process for finding a construction job for many residents who have long been unable to gain access to careers in the construction industry. This makes Building Skills uniquely positioned to assist government, the development community and local communities achieve local hiring initiatives and goals.
WHO WE ARE
David Meade, Executive Director
David Meade joined Building Skills NY in April of 2017. He is deeply committed to the organization’s mission of helping New Yorkers find career track and family sustaining wages in the construction industry. Before joining Building Skills NY, David Meade was Executive Director of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) where he led a neighborhood based economic and workforce development organization and assisted thousands of small businesses and local jobseekers in Brooklyn. During his tenure at SBIDC, he helped open and direct the Brooklyn Workforce 1 industrial and transportation center and manage the attraction and retention of industry in one of New York City’s largest Industrial Business Zones. David also worked in the private sector advising small businesses. Additionally, he managed the administration of economic development zones throughout New York at Empire State Development. He holds a BA from Canisius College and earned his Masters of Urban Planning from The University at Buffalo. David is a graduate of Coro’s Leadership NY program.
Olivia Torres, Director of Database Operations
As seen in Crain’s New York. Olivia Torres oversees BSNY’s database and technological environment as a Salesforce-certified administrator and developer. She is currently a co-leader of the NYC Women in Tech Salesforce user group. Prior to joining Building Skills, she worked as a media coordinator for NBCUniversal, a writer for Good Housekeeping Magazine, and as an operations manager at Lloyds of London insurance. At Lloyds of London she received an industry-wide recognition as a “40 under 40” rising profession. She is also the recipient of the ‘Chutzpah’ award for her outstanding work as a grant-writer at the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, one of the most sought-after leadership development non-profit programs in New York City. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where she was a four-year Jack Nash scholar, and a MS degree in Social Research from Hunter College, where she was the recipient of the annual Suzanne Keller award for her outstanding graduate work in the Sociology department. Her academic publications include “Hybrid strategies: Allocating involvement in the digital age” (2015). In her free time, Olivia loves wandering around New York City and finding hidden gems: she recommends Elevated Acre park in FiDi for a little-known secluded spot to catch the sunset.
Glenn Hilzen, Business Services Manager
Glenn Hilzen has a 32-year track record in business operations. Prior to joining Building Skills, he was an Operations Manager in the Entertainment Lighting industry. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Management from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management from Syracuse University.
Tatanisia Lumley, Recruiter and Operations Coordinator
Tatanisia Lumley has a passion for working with diverse populations and is creating career pathways for jobseekers in the construction field. Before joining Building Skills NY, she served as Program Coordinator for Bronxworks’ Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program for four years, working to maximize training and employment outcomes for both custodial and non-custodial fathers and mothers. The program offered employment and retention services, skills training, parenting and healthy relationship education, child support case management assistance, legal seminars, financial education, benefits screenings and more. Tata joined the Building Skills NY team with the goal of providing career opportunities and quality construction industry education for residents who live in New York City.
Working at Building Skills NY means working somewhere that matters. Help our passionate team grow. Be part of the real impact on the hundreds of individuals we serve each year. Please see our current openings for Building Skills NY staff here.
Employer and Industry Partners
The Arker Companies
L+ M Development Partners Inc.
The Hudson Companies