Olivia Sanchez, Board President
Olivia Sanchez is the Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. In her role she has provided leadership in the development and implementation of strategies, programs and policies relating to the Metropolitan’s EEO/AA and Nondiscrimination programs. Other areas of focus have been the development of outreach strategies related to women and minorities, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and diversity and inclusions efforts. Prior to joining Metropolitan, she worked for the California State University, both at the Chancellor’s Office under the General Counsel and as the Equity and Diversity Manager at CSU, Los Angeles.
Ms. Sanchez is a lifelong resident of Southern California and is enthusiastic about serving her professional and civic communities. This is evident in her work as Vice Chair for the Employment Round Table of Southern California, the Vice Chair of the Greater Los Angeles Industry Liaison Group and her time serving on the Board of Directors for the La Mirada Symphony as well as other nonprofit organizations.
Assisting with improving the lives of others through her contributions is something she is passionate about. Seeing a life positively impacted, doors open that were once closed or other constructive outcomes as a result of her work on the Board of Directors for WINTER is a motivating force for her.
Daniel Sloan, Board Treasurer
Mr. Sloan is the vice president of labor relations for the Parsons Corporation, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with revenues of $3.2 billion in 2015 and nearly 14,000 employees worldwide. He has more than 13 years of experience working with Project Labor Agreements on multi-billion-dollar public works construction programs. He has significant experience managing and integrating teams of labor relations, labor compliance and community workforce development professionals.
He has lead negotiations of several collective bargaining agreements globally, most recently leading PLA negotiations for a client in Los Angeles County. In addition to his internal Parsons’ responsibilities as vice president of labor relations, he is currently the PLA manager at the Port of Long Beach’s Middle Harbor Redevelopment Phase 2 & 3 construction program, where he and his team designed and implemented the successful PLA administration program and community workforce development model currently utilized. Mr. Sloan also serves as the director of labor relations for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) PLA, where he and his team recently designed and implemented the “Hire LAX” local and veteran workforce development system. He is also currently the PLA administrator for the Los Angeles Community College District’s $6.2 billion Build-LACCD construction program and he is the program manager for the Pasadena Unified School District’s Continuity of Work Agreement. Mr. Sloan is a board member for Women-In-Non-Traditional-Employment-Roles (WINTER) and sits on the advisory council of the Flintridge Center’s Apprenticeship Preparation Program. Mr. Sloan has a BA from the University of Washington and a Collective Bargaining Studies Certificate from Cornell University.
Sophia Cavalli, Board Vice-President
As Sr. Inclusion & Diversity Director for Balfour Beatty, Ms. Cavalli provides leadership and direction for the company’s diversity and small business inclusion initiatives across California. Ms. Cavalli’s background includes more than 20 years’ experience leading diversity, small business, and local worker inclusion programs in the public and private sectors. Her experience spans construction projects ranging from $3-million to over $2 billion and has led nationally recognized programs for large public agencies. She serves on numerous Boards and Committees that support the advancement of Minority, Women, Disadvantaged and Veteran Businesses and workers. Her involvement on the W.I.N.T.E.R Board of Directors is further evidence of her determination to share best practices gleaned from her work on behalf of those who have traditionally been under-represented in the world of construction and beyond.
Katherine Norve, Board Member
Katherine Norve, affectionately known as “Kat” by her union colleagues, is a Journeyman Laborer with Local 300, working at SKANSKA at METRO projects. A single mother of Four, Kat left a career as an Executive Assistant at a Public Relations firm, to embark on an adventurous career in the construction trades. Her experience in outreach and public engagement has proved invaluable to the WINTER organization. Her insight into the needs of women, and her experience as a WINTER alum, is invaluable to the Board. Katheryn Norve has proven the adage that says “where there is a will, there is a way”. WINTER is the organization committed to carving the way for women who have that will.