Steven Aguilar

Pearl Harbor Field School Program Manager & Safety Manager

CPI is a nationwide non-profit foundation that serves as an official U.S. military active duty Career Skills Program, partner of the National Park Service, and partner of concrete and construction companies who sponsor our programs and hire our alumni. Field School participants gain in-depth, hands-on training for all types of industry careers while completing repair and maintenance projects in National Parks. Our Career Placement Program connects these and other soon-to-be veterans to civilian careers in the growing and critical sector of the U.S. economy responsible for designing, building, and maintaining structures and infrastructure.

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Patrick Sparks, P.E.

Volunteer Advisor

Brandon Emmons

Director & Education Advisor

Kira W. King, Esq.

Founding Director & Legal Advisor

Peter Emmons

Founding Director & Industry Advisor

Scott L. Burghardt

Director of Operations & Vice President/CFO

Tanya Wattenburg Komas, Ph.D.

Founding Director & President/CEO


We are thankful for our dedicated partners in the National Park Service, the US military, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Pacific Historic Parks, BASF - CPI Alcatraz Field School Founding Sponsor, Owens Corning - CPI Pearl Harbor Field School Founding Sponsor, and all of our additional sponsors, as well as any future individuals and groups wishing to get involved with our programs. We are doing something truly special together. 

We are especially thankful for the privilege of working with the bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated young adults who join our program as participants, inspire us every day, and become our friends and future colleagues. Many of them will choose the concrete, construction, preservation, and infrastructure fields not only as their careers, but as life-long passions. Interacting with them and getting to be a part of their learning experiences, both program related and personal, and watching as they continue on to excel in their jobs or college programs after they complete our Field School is a gift.

​Please let us know if you are interested in getting involved and make plans to visit us at our field locations to experience concrete and cultural heritage like never before - through the eyes of our inspired future leaders.

Warm Regards,
The CPI Team

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Marketing & Development Manager

Andrew Parks

Alcatraz Island Field School Program Manager, US Army Veteran

Training & inspiring military service members, connecting them to civilian careers in concrete, construction, and infrastructure while preserving national landmarks

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