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

Andrew Parks

Alcatraz Island Field School Program Manager, Recruitment Manager, US Army Veteran

Steven Aguilar

Pearl Harbor Field School Program Manager & Safety Manager

CPI is a non-profit educational foundation, an official US military Career Skills Program for active duty service members, partner of the US National Park Service with Field Schools at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor, and partner of industry companies nationwide who support CPI and hire our graduates. We complete significant repair and deferred maintenance projects that may not otherwise be completed on National Park landmarks and other public sites while training active duty service members preparing for transition to civilian careers. We connect Field School participants and other transitioning service members to civilian careers at all levels - from skilled trades to management - in all areas of new and existing infrastructure, concrete, and construction.



Patrick Sparks, P.E.

Engineering Advisor 

Brandon Emmons

Director of Education

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 & CEO/President


We are thankful for our dedicated partners in the National Park Service, the US Army, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Pacific Historic Parks, BASF - our Alcatraz Founding Sponsor, Owens Corning - our Pearl Harbor 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

Directors & Staff