Paul Fernandes | CCA METRO

Paul Fernandes

Executive Director

Paul Fernandes joined CCA Metro as executive director in 2014, where he leads the organization’s operations with a focus on research, public affairs, marketing and communications to promote the joint interests of 20,000 union carpenters and more than 1,000 contractors.

Mr. Fernandes has been an instrumental advocate and adviser on numerous economic development efforts and the enactment of state laws to cut workers’ compensation costs and allow government to require contractors to participate in training programs to improve workforce skill, diversity and local opportunity.

Mr. Fernandes was chief of staff of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York from 1998-2014 and assistant to the president from 1995-1997. He was a lead negotiator in 2009 for agreements with the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on $4 billion of projects that created thousands of jobs, saved taxpayers $300 million, opened hundreds of annual training and employment opportunities to local residents, and promoted access to contracts by minority and women business enterprises.

He was president and CEO of The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills from 2006-2014 and administrator from 2001-2005. During this time, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs called the program “a national model for training minority youth for middle class careers” and it was nationally recognized by The Aspen Institute and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT). Mr. Fernandes currently serves on the board of directors.

A Rutgers University graduate, Mr. Fernandes began his career working as a finance coordinator on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. This was followed by an appointment as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor in the White House Liaison’s office. He later served as an aide on campaigns for governor and county executive.