Shilo Lee Losino

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SHILO LEE

LOSINO

President | NAWIC LA #42

Owner
Contractors Best Insurance Services Inc.
shilo.losino@contractorsbestins.com
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“As incoming president, I am excited about the opportunity to continue the impact our chapter is making by bringing awareness to the industry, educating women for success and funding scholarships for the next generation of women choosing to enter the construction industry.” Twenty years of working closely with contractors in the public works sector gained Shilo her in-depth understanding of the limitations of small to midsize contractors. This knowledge enhances her ability to guide her clients on their road to exponential growth. Through hard work and passion for her clients, she acquired her firm, which specializes in insurance and surety bonds for GCs. She genuinely cares about their success and well-being, and helps them achieve their goals by offering solutions tailored specifically to their personal and company needs. Shilo holds a BA in Business Management from CSUN, and has previously served on the NAWIC board as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and incoming President.


President’s Message

I am humbled to have been chosen to follow in Priscilla Chavez’s footsteps but honored to be doing it with this amazing board. Our strength is in our diversity, our ability to listen & our ability to implement.  Thank you for your confidence in my growing leadership power.

I have been passionate about this organization from the first day I stepped foot into the first meeting, despite the ambiance of that meeting. Starry eyed & hopeful I sat in that dim room. I firmly believed that if you see a need; you need to fill the gap & be the change. I have 2 young daughters & I wanted them to know that anything was possible. I wanted to show them they can forge ahead & create their own paths even if it wasn’t the road most traveled.    

As I look back at our chapter 3 years ago and I vividly recall that we were at a cross roads.  We were small in number but mighty in conviction. Our passionate board was voted in & we took off at a run. We wanted NAWIC LA to be known & to have impact on that road less traveled. Working hard to build the foundation for what we wanted this Chapter to be. We planted the seeds for the coming years. We modified the template being used & we tested new ideas; some good, some that needed work. We focused on our own superpowers so that we might be the most effective in reaching our common goal.

Last year we focused on Challenges Women Face in Today’s Workplace. We worked diligently to put together panels & speakers focused on strong women that were able to push ahead, who offered valuable tips on how we may follow in their footsteps. It was important to show that there were women that have been successful that have taken many paths to get there. We needed to highlight that it was possible & attainable. We also recognized that this was not our mission alone. We are working hard to leverage other women’s organizations to collaborate & build strength together.

These last 2 years at each event we kept hearing questions on how to overcome common challenges (I might add that they were my questions too) & we recognized that we need to help provide focus on skills that would help us be stronger leaders. This year I am excited that we have an amazing line up dedicated to hone the skills for the Power of You. Our dedicated committees have put together upcoming events that enhance the Power of You like Negotiating, Communication Styles, Public Speaking (I’m really looking forward to that one), Leadership Tools, Our Emotional Quotient & so much more. We want to build women up, provide a safe space to bounce ideas & thoughts off of, but most of all to grow together.

This will be another dynamic year to be a member of NAWIC Los Angeles!

Priscilla Chavez

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PRISCILLA CHAVEZ

VP | NAWIC LA #42

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
PCL Construction
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“Construction is more than just building; it’s about breaking out of traditional misbeliefs and discovering unique ways to make a difference in local communities.” Priscilla oversees community outreach, supplier diversity, workforce development, and government and labor relations. A leading compliance professional, she is a certified Master Compliance Administrator from Morgan State University. She serves on the Board of the LA Trade TechnicalCollege Foundation, WBE Council, and as an active member of the National Association of Minority Contractors, Women in Architecture and Design, Chinese American Construction Professionals and other organizations. Priscilla’s driven to educate small businesses and individuals through PCL’s network and will continue to provide opportunities for communities to thrive and grow.

Barbara Kotsos

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BARBARA KOTSOS

Secretary | NAWIC LA #42

Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Giroux Glass, Inc.
barbarak@girouxglass.com
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“I am a Marketing and PR expert who loves to travel, take photos, and check out cool buildings.”

Barbara is a relatively recent arrival to the construction industry, having taken on her role just over four years ago with Giroux Glass. Always a fan of Architecture and Design, she was immediately attracted to the creativity she saw in Giroux’s projects. Meeting all the talented women in top management positions at Giroux sealed the deal. She hasn’t looked back, and is thrilled to be a part of our dynamic industry. Prior to working for Giroux, Barbara acquired over 25 years of marketing experience mostly in the technology industry. She holds an MBA in Marketing from The Drucker Center in Claremont, and a BA in Psychology from UCLA.

Nancy Lira

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NANCY LIRA

Treasurer | NAWIC LA #42

Office Manager, Western Division Regional Office
Herzog Contracting Corporation
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With her “can-do” attitude, Nancy shows an enthusiasm and love for the construction industry. This attitude has served her well in the various roles she has performed throughout her 18 years with Herzog, as well as in her role as mother to two children, Christian and Vivica. As office manager, she is responsible for overseeing payroll, labor and US Dept. of Transportation compliance, accounts payable, monitoring project labor agreement and hiring requirements, mentoring subcontractors, acts as contract compliance administrator. Nancy has successfully built relationships with the public agencies, owners, subcontractors, labor unions, and government entities with whom she deals daily. She hopes to find ongoing and enhanced opportunities to influence women in the industry through her work and NAWIC board service.

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield

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DR. GIOVANNA BRASFIELD

Director | NAWIC LA #42

So. Ca. District Outreach & Diversity Manager
Hensel Phelps Construction
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With more than 18 years of experience in the California market, Giovanna has worked in the fields of diversity and inclusion, leadership, public information distribution, outreach, and political involvement.  She has hands-on experience in small business advocacy and works with local, regional, state, and federal inclusion programs that assist Hensel Phelps maximize the engagement of subcontractors, community agencies, and workforce.  She has had increasing responsibility to develop and implement numerous small business plans, community relations strategy, charitable giving, and compliance programs for a wide variety of projects throughout Southern California.

Lakeisha Bearden

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LAKEISHA BEARDEN

Director | NAWIC LA #42

Program Development Manager
Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services (MWIS)
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Lakeisha has a passion to serve the community and is committed to identifying and addressing the challenges impacting the small business contracting community.  A truly innovative agent of change, and with12+ years’ experience in construction, and 8 years with nonprofits, Lakeisha develops, implements and manages the economic development and capacity-building programs that support small businesses and the market needs of multi-billion dollar capital improvement projects. She also leads and drives the vision of the Account Managers who support the Contractor Bonding and Development Program. Lakeisha holds an MS in Leadership and Management/ Non-Profit Management, from University of Laverne, and a BS in Psychology/ Marketing from CSULB.

Jackie Rivera

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JACKIE RIVERA

Director | NAWIC LA #42

President
Alliance Building & Construction Services
jackie@havealliance.com
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“I am the get-things-done management professional you want on your team. We believe in and practice pull planning and continuous improvement as a way of life.” With 10+ years of experience focusing on construction maintenance on facilities and property improvements, Jackie has repeatedly demonstrated her skills at managing resources to meet client goals. She has completed multiple projects in sensitive work locations where tenant relations, and protection of pedestrians during construction have been major factors. She has worked with manufacturing oil rigs, commercial high-rises, high-end retail spaces, educational facilities, and multi-unit structures. She is adept at planning and project management, and her diverse experience has been developed across a broad range of projects with high-compliance requirements.

Shayla Smith

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SHAYLA SMITH

Director | NAWIC LA #42

Senior Project Accountant
PCL Construction
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With over 20 years’ construction experience, Shayla is a seasoned professional who has worked on many large, complex projects for both government and private companies. Her strong work ethic and attention to detail have helped her to become a rising star in her company.  Most recently she served as the lead accountant on the $1.5 billion LAX Midfield project, and currently heads the special projects division in her role at PCL. Shayla also was a former member of Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). Outside of work, she is an avid reader who enjoys legal thrillers, especially by favorite author, John Grisham.

Christina Watkins

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CHRISTINA WATKINS

Director | NAWIC LA #42

Community Economic Developer
Parsons
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Christina is the local hire coordinator for construction at LAX which includes managing LAWA’s participation in the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program out of LA Southwest College. Her role is to facilitate new, local, construction workers into ongoing LAX and other local projects, advancing opportunities for local residents, women, and minorities into good-paying, union jobs. She was introduced to construction during her time in the US Army where she served two tours in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star. Christina is a member of the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, working to improve employment opportunities for veterans, thus decreasing homelessness and suicide rates. She has a MA in Organizational Behavior from Alliant International University.