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Nationwide, there are hundreds of thousands of unfilled skilled trades jobs in residential construction. The nation’s homebuilders and contractors need skilled laborers and professionals to meet housing demand. The National Housing Endowment is committed to the ever-changing needs of the housing industry.

We have positioned ourselves to respond to this need by not only focusing on graduating university-trained managers, but also on filling the gap in the skilled labor workforce. We have directly addressed the nation’s labor shortage by establishing and promoting grant opportunities within the Skilled Labor Fund.

The Skilled Labor Fund is part of the National Housing Endowment, a 501(c)(3) Foundation. Affiliation with the National Housing Endowment allows 98.5% of all funds raised to be spent on the mission. The operating committee makes decisions on how and where the collected funds will be spent. Donors’ input is welcomed and expected. The Fund is set up as a restrictive fund, meaning that the funds do not need to be endowed and can be distributed as needed.

Preference is given to programs that operate in partnership with local industry associations in order to promote industry engagement in training and in placement.

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Number 1We are 100% focused on the residential construction market.

Number 2Our goal is to attract and train skilled labor for this market.

Number 3Funds will be given to local industry associations or schools as grants.

Number 4The donors have the possibility of restricting their commitments to appropriate select programs.


The Skilled Labor Fund is an industry wide effort to raise funds to address the shortage of skilled labor entering the residential construction market. We are committed to working with you to bring this labor training to your local markets.

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Bill Darcy

Bill Darcy


Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Darcy joined the NKBA in 2006 as Manager of Marketing Partnerships. In the interim, he served as Manager of Business Development, Senior Manager of Marketing, Director of Marketing, and Executive Vice President. Prior to the NKBA, he spent seven years with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), sister company to NASCAR. Most recently, he was ISC’s Senior Director of Corporate Account Management, overseeing more than 50 multi-venue sponsors with contracts totaling in excess of $200 million.

Greg Zick

Greg Zick


Greg is a certified association executive (CAE) and brings association management and program management expertise to the NAHB workforce development area. While at NAHB prior to working with Student Programs, Greg worked as an organizational development consultant for state and local home builder associations.

Originally from Minnesota, Greg received his BA from the University of Minnesota and his MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver. Greg resides in Washington, D.C., and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), serves on Workforce Development Committee for the American Council for Construction Education and is involved with the Association for Career and Technical Education where he serves on the workforce development task force.

Ted Mahoney

Ted Mahoney


A third-generation home builder and developer from the Boston area, Mahoney graduated from law school before founding Windjammer Construction, an award-winning home building company. A member of the Builders Association of Greater Boston, he served in numerous leadership roles, including President. Giving back to his local community, Mahoney was a Trustee at his Xaverian Brothers High School and is currently a Trustee and Finance Committee member for Curry College. Active in NAHB, he was the New England Area Officer, a Senior Life Director and seven-time Chair of NAHB’s New American Home.

Tony Mancini

Tony Mancini


Tony Mancini is the SGC Horizon Building Group Director-Principal and has launched numerous events and platforms for the residential and commercial construction industry. Prior to founding SGC Horizon, Mancini spent 12 years at Reed Business Information in leadership roles within the residential and commercial markets, including group director for Reed Construction Media, and publisher of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. He began his career at CertainTeed Corporation and also served as associate publisher for Sweet’s International at McGraw-Hill.

Elsie Iturralde

Elsie Iturralde


Elsie Iturralde, CAE is currently serving as CEO for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). NARI, a nationwide association with members in 49 states, connects homeowners with its professional members and provides guidance so that consumers have a positive remodeling experience with a professional, qualified remodeler. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Elsie served as NARI’s Chief Operations Officer for more than 20 years focusing on finance, human resources, technology, governance, and business development. Elsie was introduced to the association world at a very young age while working summers for a local amateur sports association. It was this early experience where she became enamored and impressed with the work associations do for their respective industries. From that point forward, Elsie has made association work her career choice and has been in association management, in various roles, for the past 35 years. In 2010, she earned her Certified Association Executive certification from The American Society of Association Executives. Elsie is an avid reader, enjoys camping and hiking, and is especially partial to a nice Sunday breakfast with her family.

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The Skilled Labor Fund was created to answer the rising demands for high-quality, skilled labor. Our mission is clear — to attract and train those who have the passion and the desire to work in our industry. Through student scholarships, accredited trade schools, and training facilities throughout the U.S., we’re building a foundation for a stronger workforce for today and tomorrow. But we can’t do it alone.