John Hakel is the Executive Director at Southern California Partnership for Jobs. SCPFJ is a partnership comprised of 2,750 construction firms that employ more than 90,000 union workers in the 12 counties of Southern California. Their mission is to engage elected officials and educate the public on the need for continued infrastructure funding creating thousands of career construction jobs in our communities.
He is a member of the Southern California Association of Governments; Inland Empire Economic Partnership; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Orange County Business Council; Advisory Board Member of Mobility 21, and is currently serving on the Los Angeles Community College District Oversight Committee. Since 2016, John has established personal working relationships with California Transportation Commission, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and Riverside County Transportation Commission. He was among the top leaders in the local passage of Measure M (LA County), which seeks to create 485,000 jobs and decades of work for the construction industry. His involvement with the passage of the SB 1 statewide transportation funding initiative created $ 5.2 Billion dollars of infrastructure improvements annually that will add construction careers for our men and women throughout California over the next 10 years.
Under John’s leadership, Southern California Partnership for Jobs has grown from a newly established organization to a name that elected officials and the top leaders in the infrastructure world have come to recognize and want to be involved with.