The Executive Staff team leads Facilities' divisions and defines the organization's mission, vision, and strategic goals.
To contact a Facilities executive staff member, please browse through the list below.
Prior to joining the University in 2003, Shari served as Assistant Vice President for Waterfront Assets at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she managed and developed a diverse City-wide real estate portfolio, specializing in waterfront properties, ferry operations and shipping and rail terminals. Shari holds a BA in Community Studies from UCSC and an MBA from Columbia University.
La-Verna J. Fountain serves as the Vice President for Construction Business Services and Communications at Columbia University within the Facilities and Operations Department. In this senior management role, she reports to the Executive Vice President for Facilities and Operations and leads communications efforts regarding construction business opportunities while also managing the University's long-term commitments and obligations agreed to under the Declaration of Covenants with Empire State Development.
To meet many of the obligations under the Declaration, Fountain designed, implemented and manages several programs benefiting community members. She is responsible for the University's Construction Supplier Diversity program and managing the University's Minority Women and Local Advisory Council. She also oversees the internal and external communications initiatives for Facilities and Operations for nearly 2,000 employees and more than 30,000 students.
Since joining Columbia in 2006, La-Verna has received numerous city, state and national awards for her efforts in communications and business development. She was a columnist for Harlem Community News and Women-Connect, a quarterly women's magazine, served as a co-host on the radio program, Urbanology on WHCR 93.7 FM focusing on MWBE services and served as the Chairperson of New York City's Construction Mentorship Advisory Panel under Mayor Bloomberg.
A long-time member of the national and community service movement, La-Verna served as the Director of former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford's Pennsylvania office. While with Senator Wofford, La-Verna also founded several organizations dedicated to teaching others about nonviolence including the Teach Teens to Teach Teens Nonviolence Youth Institute, the Gandhi/King Peace Coalition and the Discover the Leader Within You Youth Group. Wofford, a co-founder of the Peace Corps and former head of the Corporation for National and Community Service once said, "La-Verna is like a walking Peace Corps in her attempts to bring peace to neighborhoods and communities throughout the country."
For the past 25 years, she has provided motivational speeches, training and facilitation on conflict resolution, cultural diversity, nonviolence as a way of life, working with teenagers, spirituality in the workplace and staff and organizational development.
Fountain has a Master's Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia and serves as an instructor with the Columbia University School of Continuing Education where she teaches Introduction to Negotiation. She is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and has authored numerous publications including a book entitled The Alphabets of Life: A Simple Guide to Simply Living.
Joseph A. Ienuso is the executive vice president for University Facilities and Operations where he leads a team responsible for new building design and construction, campus public safety, campus services for students, building and grounds maintenance for academic and administrative departments, and the University’s residential portfolio. Joe also leads the development of 6.8 million square feet as part of the University’s long-term expansion in Manhattanville, a former manufacturing zone in West Harlem.
Facilities and Operations manages more than 240 buildings and 15 million gross square feet and has an operating budget in excess of $400 million per year. Over the last decade, Joe has overseen the successful delivery of $2.8 billion in capital projects. The organization’s capital plan for the next five years is $1.5 billion.
Joe joined Columbia University in 1989 and has held a number of senior administrative roles in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Services, and Facilities and Operations. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Education from St. John’s University, and a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a nonprofit organization that trains women for skilled jobs in construction and other blue-collar industries, Vice Chairman of the New York Building Congress and Founder and Co-Chair of its Education Task Force, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Salvadori Center.
Joseph Mannino is Vice President, Capital Project Management. With over 15 years of experience which includes a diverse background in the areas of project management, design, construction and specialty subcontracting, Joe has been involved in all phases of project management for new building construction, building additions, extensive interior renovations, exterior envelop upgrades and complex mechanical upgrades.
For Columbia University, Joe has managed over $100 million worth of projects which include Lenfest Hall, renovation upgrades to Carmen Hall, Wien Hall, River Hall, Ruggles Hall and McBain Hall, and various office and departmental office renovations.
Joe is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey, and his previous experience includes designing institutional buildings and acting as an owner's representative for the City University of New York.
Frank is the Vice-President of Operations at Columbia University where he is accountable for providing a full range of facilities services to the University, including comprehensive building maintenance and repair; renovation, faculty and student housing; custodial; physical plant; and energy management. Frank leads a team of over 860 employees, providing services to over 14 million square feet of facilities.
Previously Frank had a 15 year career in Healthcare Facilities, most recently as Director of Engineering at New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked on the development and construction of an extensive $4M chiller plant upgrade and a +$30M onsite cogeneration system, the first of its kind to be interconnected to ConEdison's Manhattan power grid. Frank has also served as Director of Critical Infrastructure Solutions for a consulting firm, Power Management Concepts. In this role, Frank served the needs of multiple mission critical clients with engineering and technology solutions.
In 2010, Frank became the President of the New York Energy Consumers Council and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences on the topic of energy management and efficiency within institutional environments. He has authored technical articles on cogeneration for industry trade publications and he brings this expertise as well as proficiency in critical infrastructure systems to Columbia University.
He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and holds an MBA from Fordham University.
Jim McShane is a 24 year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He began his career on patrol in the 52nd Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 1984 and served as a patrol supervisor in the 41st and 42nd Precincts. After graduating from St. John's University School of Law in 1986, Jim obtained a leave of absence to work as an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Rogers & Wells. Upon his return to the department in October 1987, he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters and then to the Office of the Police Commissioner as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Benjamin Ward.
Promoted to Lieutenant in November 1989, Jim McShane was soon assigned to the staff of First Deputy Commissioner Ray Kelly. He was promoted to Captain in January 1992 while attending the Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master of public administration degree. In the fall of 1992, he returned to the Police Commissioner's Office as Legal Advisor to then Police Commissioner Kelly. In 1994, Deputy Inspector McShane commanded the 47th Precinct in the Bronx. Thereafter, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the First Deputy Commissioner's Office under Commissioner John Timoney in January 1995.
In August 1996, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, Narcotics Borough Manhattan South, where he served until June 1997, when he was transferred to the Traffic Control Division. Jim served in Traffic for nearly six years, as both the Executive Officer and as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2002. In March 2003, Chief McShane was appointed Executive Officer of the Narcotics Division, his final assignment in a 24-year career with the department.
Prior to joining the N.Y.P.D., Jim McShane taught mathematics in the South Bronx for five years--first at St. Angela Merici Elementary School and then at Morris High School, where he also served as Dean of Students.
Jim McShane holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University, a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is also a 1994 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright Grant as a lecturer at the Police College of Finland in Helsinki, Finland in 2000.
Pitruzzello is the Vice President for Manhattanville Development. He serves as the Columbia University Facilities' point person on all aspects of development, design and construction of the University's 6.8 million sq. foot Manhattanville in West Harlem campus expansion.
Previously, he was Vice President for Real Estate at Time Warner, where he was responsible for corporate real estate, design and project management, and operations. He led Time Warner's team in the planning, design, and construction of the company's one million square foot office, broadcast center and corporate headquarters interiors within Time Warner Center in New York City.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Pitruzzello was a partner in a real estate banking firm and served with the Battery Park City Authority in several senior management capacities including President and Chief Executive Officer, at a time when the 92-acre Battery Park City project became a thriving office, residential, and retail community.
Earlier in his career, Pitruzzello specialized in finance and construction law in the fields of affordable housing, health care, and higher education. He has also served as Assistant Counsel to former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and was general counsel to several public benefit corporations.
Additionally, he is a director of the Bowery Residents Committee and the Apollo Theater Foundation, and a member of the Urban Land Institute and the New York Committee of the Regional Plan Association. He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Boston University.
James Wang is Columbia University Facilities and Operations' Vice President for Finance & Administration. He is responsible for the planning and administration of an operating budget of over $270 million and a multi-year capital budget of over $1.7 billion. In addition to serving as Facilities and Operations' Chief Financial Officer, James is responsible for the administrative support to CUFO including capital project administration, human resources and labor relations, management information systems, accounts payable, business process analysis and parking administration.
Prior to joining Columbia University, James last served as Acting Vice President for Budget and Finance at Hunter College. At Hunter College, he oversaw the management of the fiscal affairs, capital projects and campus planning, and business office operations including bursar, payroll, procurement, accounts payable, and accounting. In this capacity, he was responsible for over $120 million annual operating budget.
James also has significant experience in New York City government. Prior to his work at Hunter College, he worked for the NYC Mayor's Office of Management and Budget for 14 years with progressive responsibilities. In his capacity as Assistant Budget Director he served as the principal liaison to five major agencies including Fire, Parks, and Sanitation, on all budgetary matters.
James holds a BS in Economics and Statistics and a Master of Science in Policy and Management from Stony Brook University.
A strong advocate for student interests, he enjoys the challenges of serving Columbia's diverse student community in the unique setting of New York City. Scott has been at Columbia since 1999. Prior to working at Columbia, Scott spent 15 years with ARAMARK, supervising food service and facility management for university clients in the western 11 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Scott is a native of Canada and grew up in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Hobart College.