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Kosta Diamantis
Director, Office of School Construction Grants & Review
Connecticut Department of Administrative Services

President-Elect & Secretary
Paul Bakalis
Executive Director
Arizona School Facilities Board

Immediate Past President
Joseph da Silva
School Construction Coordinator
Rhode Island Dept of Elementary Education

Michael Pickens
Executive Director, School Facilities & Transportation Services
West Virginia Department of Education

Southern Region Representative
Brad Montgomery
Director, Academic Facilities & Transportation Services
Arkansas Department of Education

Northeastern Region Representative
Bernard E. Piaia, Jr.
Director of the Office of School Facilities
New Jersey Department of Education

Midwestern Region Representative
Gary Schwartz
School Facilities Consultant
Iowa Department of Education

Western Region Representative
Michael Elliott
State School Fund Coordinator
Oregon Department of Education

At-Large Representative
Juan Mireles
Director of Facilities & Transportation Services
California Department of Education

Joseph da Silva

Immediate Past President
School Construction Coordinator
Rhode Island Dept of Elementary Education

Joseph da Silva, Ph.D., AIA, leads the Rhode Island School Building Authority at the Rhode Island Department of Education, where he is responsible for the oversight of the State's $2 billion public school construction program. During his tenure (since 2007), the program has become a national high performance green schools exemplar, while helping local education agencies (LEAs) and municipalities find efficiencies in facility planning, and producing $100 million in savings in just the first four years. Joseph spearheaded the publication of Rhode Islands first statewide school facilities survey, the Public Schoolhouse Assessment, published in 2013. Joseph oversees the Authority's Housing Aid and Capital Fund programs that fund projects at 50 LEAs. Joseph is an active member of the local and national community, as a founding member of the National Council of School Facilities and the Rhode Island Green Building Council, as well as, serving on the Rhode Island Green Advisory Committee, and the Rhode Island Public Energy Partnership. He earned his associates degree from Bristol Community College in Fall River, his bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, his Masters from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

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