Kitchell awards $275,000 in grants to nonprofits in Arizona, California and Texas

Members of our Sacramento team awarded grants at an office reception.

In an effort to connect with the communities where we live and work at a very grassroots level, the Kitchell Foundation recently awarded $275,000 in grants to 75 nonprofits in communities where our employee-owners live and work.

After reviewing more than 100 applications from nonprofit organizations in all our markets, regional committees comprised of employee-owners from our operating companies made recommendations for grant awards ranging from $300 to $7,500. The applying organizations are located in communities where Kitchell employees work and live in Arizona, California and Texas, and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Strengthen the social, economic & educational infrastructure of our communities
  • Serve the needs of unique and diverse populations, including women, minorities and disadvantaged groups
  • Focus on youth/education, diversity, environmental/animal welfare

The intent was to award grants where we knew the money could be put to the best use based on the mission of the organization and the metrics that were outlined to measure the impact of our gift.

“This process opened our eyes and hearts to the need in our local communities and although the process required difficult decisions and deep analysis of the best use of our Foundation dollars, it is gratifying to know that we have expanded our reach and continue to make a difference in our local communities,” said Kitchell President & CEO Wendy Cohen.

The Kitchell Foundation is administered by the Arizona Community Foundation and funded by contributions from Kitchell and its employee-owners. Visit this link to learn more about the Kitchell Foundation.

Kitchell Employee-Owner ambassadors presenting grants to some of the recipients

The following organizations received grants:

19North AZ
4×5 Program AZ
Assistance League of Phoenix AZ
Atelotorque AZ
AZ Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents AZ
AZ Reach AZ
Coach Mike Football Foundation AZ
Desert Thunder Elementary School PTO AZ
Florence Crittenton AZ
Friends of Ohana AZ
Ground Work AZ
Harvest Compassion AZ
HonorHealth Foundation – Desert Mission AZ
Live Love Community AZ
Lung Transplant Support Organization AZ
Maggie’s Place AZ
Mission 228 AZ
The Be Kind People Project AZ
The Singletons AZ
U.S. VETS – Phoenix AZ
Veterans Breakthrough AZ
Tucson Mountaineers 4H Club AZ (Tucson)
Berkeley Humane Bay Area
Chavez Family Vision Bay Area
Dorothy’s Place Bay Area
Girl Stem Stars Bay Area
Golden Gate Audubon Bay Area
Lindsay Wildlife Experience Bay Area
Moms Against Poverty Bay Area
Oakland Zoo Bay Area
Ruby’s Place Bay Area
Spark SF Public Schools Bay Area
Together in Pajaro Bay Area
Breaking the Chains Central Valley
El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) Central Valley
Fresno Mission Central Valley
Hope Sanger Central Valley
Lumina Alliance SLO Central Valley
Madera Rescue Central Valley
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Sacramento Sacramento
Compassion Planet Sacramento
FosterHope Sacramento Sacramento
Greater Sacramento Urban League Sacramento
Hearts for Paws Rescue Sacramento
Her Health First Sacramento
La Familia Counseling Sacramento
My Sister’s House Sacramento
River City Food Bank Sacramento
Roberts Family Development Center Sacramento
Sacramento Youth Center Sacramento
Sacramento Zoological Society Sacramento
Sierra Service Project Sacramento
Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center Sacramento
Ybuild Sacramento
American Heart Association SoCal
Camarena Foundation SoCal
Jacobs & Cushman SD Food Bank SoCal
Ronald McDonald House Charities SoCal
San Diego Blood Bank SoCal
San Diego Habitat for Humanity SoCal
Shoreline Community Services SoCal
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center SoCal
Support the Enlisted Project SoCal
Camp Quality Texas TX
Family Promise TX
Hutto Education Foundation TX
Leander Education Excellence Foundation TX
Liberty Hill ISD Education Foundation TX
Lifeworks Austin TX
Pflugerville Education Foundation TX
Ronald McDonald House Charities TX
RRISD Partners in Education Foundation TX
We’ll Get This TX

Wendy Cohen named President & CEO of Kitchell Corporation

Wendy Cohen was recently named President and CEO of Kitchell Corporation, assuming leadership of one of the largest employee-owned building companies in the Southwest. Wendy is only the fifth CEO in the company’s 73-year history and the first female in the role.

Cohen moves into the role vacated by Jim Swanson, who retires from Kitchell after 15 years in the President & CEO role. During his tenure, Swanson was focused on establishing a succession strategy at each of Kitchell’s operating companies. Cohen was tapped as a potential successor based on her successful leadership of Sacramento-based Kitchell CEM, Kitchell’s construction management company, where she has served as President since 2020.

“Wendy is passionate about building leaders and the construction industry,” said Swanson. “She has played a pivotal role in growing our presence in California, is committed to innovation and leads by example. She is exactly the type of leader needed to carry Kitchell into the next chapter of its storied legacy.”

“I am humbled and honored to lead a company that has such an amazing history,” Cohen said. “Going back to our founding in 1950, Kitchell has made a tremendous impact through our projects, our people and our communities and I look forward to continuing this alongside our dedicated employee-owners and charting a course for the future.”

Kitchell’s operating companies are Kitchell Contractors Inc., Kitchell Development Company, Kitchell CEM and American Refrigeration Supplies. With primary offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Kitchell’s footprint spans 14 states and is comprised of more than 1,000 employee-owners. The company is consistently ranked among the top companies in Engineering News-Record’s national rankings for commercial contractors, CM for fee and PM firms.

Under Swanson’s leadership, Kitchell received many accolades for its innovation in business and its community involvement, including the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award, the ASU Spirit of Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship and the Most Admired Company Award for Executive Leadership from Arizona Business Magazine.

Cohen joined Kitchell in 2013, helping to grow the company’s footprint in Southern California. During her nearly 30 years in the building industry, Cohen has worked as general contractor, construction manager, consultant and an owner. Her experience leading high-performance teams helped grow Kitchell’s presence throughout the Southwest, including large building programs on behalf of UC San Diego, MiraCosta Community College District and the Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works. She played an instrumental role in securing Kitchell’s work with the single-largest state building project in the history of Sacramento: the Richards Boulevard Office Complex.

Cohen serves on the board of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and is the cofounder of the Hard Hat Scholars program in partnership with Square Root Academy. The program provides high school students with a 16-week experience introducing them to the architecture, engineering and construction industry. She is a trusted advisor in the construction field, moderating numerous industry panels on innovation, collaborative delivery models, leadership and the future of the industry.

Prior to joining Kitchell, Cohen was Director of Facilities Planning and Construction with Palomar Health leading a $1billion acute care hospital program in San Diego. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying civil engineering and completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business LEAD program.

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