Our Mission

Our mission is to diversify Philadelphia’s construction industry and build sustainable capacity for growth among diverse businesses and workers.

Working in partnership with the region’s largest contractors, developers, property owners, and unions, we are aligning market opportunities and preparing diverse workers, contractors, and sub-contractors to play a substantial role in Philadelphia’s growth.

Our Approach


We are working to conduct an analysis and needs assessment of business and workforce pipelines to provide insights and access to the over $10B in new construction expected to take place over the next decade.


We are identifying upcoming projects and establishing voluntary pledges to hire participating, pre-qualified diverse contractors.


We are recruiting and pre-qualifying high-potential diverse contractors and sub-contractors, determining their capacity building needs to compete for upcoming projects, and establishing partnerships with vetted lenders and business support organizations to meet those needs.


We are working with existing Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Union Pre-apprenticeship programs including Sam Staten Sr. Pre-Apprenticeship Program (SSSPAP) and  Carpenters’ Apprentice Ready Program (CARP) to increase the skilled diverse workforce in the construction industry.

We will share project insights with union and workforce partners and collaboratively identify partnership opportunities to support diverse talent recruitment, retention, and success.

Founding Partners

Collaborative Partners

We are grateful to the broad set of partners that have committed to participate in Everybody Builds.

Andreina Perez Hein

Executive Director

I am thrilled to have joined Everybody Builds as the Executive Director of this new organization. I bring my personal commitment and passion to collaboratively change the diversity landscape of the Philadelphia construction industry. As a first-generation Latina immigrant growing up in a working-class family, the mission of Everybody Builds is personal to me. I bring my long-standing track-record of serving underrepresented communities combined with my expertise in the construction industry to together build this organization and achieve our mission. With a sector-wide approach and an unprecedented collaboration, the time is ripe for us to bring change to our City and industry. Ultimately, we have the collective power to help underrepresented communities in Philadelphia rise and thrive through the built environment and transform the landscape of where we live, work, and play.

In Service,
Andreina Perez Hein

Board of Directors

Ryan Boyer
Business Manager, Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council & Laborers' District Council
Ben Connors
President & CEO, General Building Contractors Association
David Gould
Chief Diversity & Impact Officer, HBSE
Jasmine Sessoms
SVP of Corporate Affairs, Hilco Redevelopment Partners
Bill Sproule
Executive Secretary Treasurer, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EASRCC)