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The San Fernando Valley Chapter and the Orange County Chapter co-host and produce an annual Wine Auction & Tasting Event. All proceeds after expenses are donated to the IFMA Foundation.


Update on Global Workplace Initiative

By: Irene Thomas-Johnson, SFV Chapter Past President & IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees 

One a cold January day in 2014, an economic developer gave a lucky few of us at the IFMA Foundation a dream. What if we could bring the excitement of an FM career to every level of the educational system… to plant the idea of one day becoming a Facility Manager as aspirational as being a doctor, lawyer or, heaven help us, an accountant…because the truth of the matter is, none of those professions could operate without…

Did you know that the average FM is 49, and in 5 to 15 years, 50% of the exiting FM workforce will retire. With the lack of enough skilled FMs, building and infrastructure will not be managed and maintained properly resulting in public safety issues. In response, the FM Talent Pipeline was created by the IFMA Foundation and the California Community Colleges to tackle the supply/demand skills gap for employers.   Chaffey College, California Community College DOING WHAT MATTERS, and International Facility Management Association (IFMA) have come together to launch the first Facility Management (FM) Associates Degree program in California. Chaffey is now in its second successful year of graduating future Facility Managers.

Join us at the Chaffey College upcoming Educational Networking Event on March 6, 2019 at 5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737. It will be an opportunity to meet Chaffey students who are extremely excited about the FM profession. The day will allow for professionals like yourself to have a booth, interview students for internships and job opportunities, and learn more about the Global Workforce Initiative in the State of California. Please contact Irene Thomas-Johnson at (661) 900-5307 for more information.

2018 IFMA Foundation Award of Excellence Presented to the San Fernando Valley Chapter

Both the San Fernando Valley and Orange County Chapters were jointly recognized with the 2018 IFMA Foundation Trustees Award for our Annual Wine Auction & Tasting with proceeds donation to the Foundation. In four years this event has raised more than $25,000 for the Foundation. Our 2018 event yielded $6,200 donated.


2017 World Workplace – Presentation of Donation Check to IFMA Foundation

“The San Fernando Valley Chapter of IFMA has been a long-standing strong supporter of the work of the IFMA Foundation.  From long-time tireless chapter volunteers like Rodney Stone to the many chapter volunteers how have helped make FM a Career of Choice through the work at Chaffey College’s new FM program and at the colleges closer to SFV expected to come on line in the coming months – none of this would have been possible without the time SFV members have dedicated in support of the mission of the Foundation.

Not only generous with volunteer time, the SFV was the first IFMA chapter to support the Academic Awards at World Workplace.  The golf tournaments and wine events have made it possible for the Chapter to assist in the costs of bring FM to students and establishing career paths into FM for the next generation of Southern California practitioners.

The Foundation Board of Trustees and staff congratulate the chapter and celebrate the successes of years past and years to come together!” Jeffrey J. Tafel, CAE – Former Executive Director, IFMA Foundation

Working Together to Make FM a Career Choice!

By Irene Thomas-Johnson, CFM, Senior Vice President, JLL/National Director, Client Solutions & Past SFV Chapter President, IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees

The IFMA Foundation works to make FM a Career of Choice, ensuring the path to an exciting and fulfilling career is available to all looking to enter the profession. The Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) seeks to fill the growing FM workforce talent gap as more than half of today’s practitioners are expected to retire in the next five to 15 years.

Here is what the students have to say:

“I just want to take this time to thank you for opening up my eyes to FM. I really appreciate all these opportunities you have shown me. Loved the event tonight and the employers had great insight about FM. I hope to learn more about this lucrative industry. Thank you again!”

“Learning about Facility Management is really exciting since everything is new. I just want to say thank you for coming again and encouraging us to pursue our way to Facility Management. I really cannot wait to become a Facility Manager and work in the field!”

Southern California has been the primary pilot for this global work, and the San Fernando Valley Chapter has been a supporter and active participant since its inception in 2013 as a sponsor of the IFMA Foundation’s annual Academic Awards and other GWI programs. The chapter has also provided necessary volunteers to assist with the formation of the first FM program in the state as a result of the GWI at Chaffey College in San Bernardino County.

Prospective student and FM employer events have been held to build the initial cohort of students and employment/internship opportunities at locations where courses started this fall. In October 2017, chapter members took a lead role in introducing more than 1,200 high school students to the profession at Chaffey’s Annual Manufacturing Day, reaching out to include IFMA members from the Manufacturing Council to interact with the high school students. This effort has now expanded to more than a dozen community colleges state-wide, with two of the community colleges near or in the San Fernando Valley Chapter’s membership area. This includes establishment of goals for FM student headcounts and incumbent worker training; student outreach; FM internships; FM graduate outcomes; IFMA credentials recognition, and metrics for regional success. There is a focus on incumbent worker training (individuals transitioning from other careers into FM).

Internships are conspicuously missing as a routine offering in the FM profession. The Greater Phoenix Chapter led the development of the Foundation’s new comprehensive ‘How-To Guide’ for FM organizations interested in establishing effective internship programs. This guide will be put to work in California as FM internships are a critical piece of the FM educational pathways and a requirement of most if not all of the community college FM programs. The How-To Guide is currently available for free download from the Foundation’s website, and we encourage all member organizations in California to thoughtfully consider offering FM internships.


A new website ( dedicated solely to introducing the profession and FM careers has just been released by the IFMA Foundation. It features imbedded videos telling the story of FM. The intended audience is high school and early college students, as well as workers looking to transition into FM. A student-focused introduction to an FM PowerPoint slide deck is also available for volunteers to use in the classroom, career booths, etc. Download free at The Foundation also hosts which recognizes FM and related degree and certificate programs worldwide.


The Foundation’s FM Accredited Degree Program has supported FM degree opportunities for thousands of FM students at colleges and universities around the world. An accredited FM degree program meeting the rigorous standards set forth by the FM Accreditation Commission ensures that students are equipped to meet the demands of the rapidly changing and evolving FM profession covering all 11 core competencies. The goal is for all new California FM degrees – at all levels – to be fully accredited by the Commission.

Irene’s career spans over 25+ years of management and she has earned a reputation as an industry expert in corporate real estate and integrated facilities management. With a strong and well-rounded background of management, construction, retail, business and education, she believes in excellence and has always dedicated her talents and creative abilities to ensure the successful accomplishments of company goals. Currently, Senior Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle, Irene is responsible for the development and presentation of winning solutions for clients, including plant operations, project management, capital planning, real estate administration and brokerage. Photos courtesy of Irene Thomas-Johnson.

As published in the IFMA San Fernando Valley Chapter 30th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet October 2017

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