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DERYL MCKISSACK, PE, PMP
Deryl McKissack is Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of McKissack & McKissack, a national architectural, engineering, and construction services firm that provides Best-in-Class services to both private and public sector clients. The company has earned a strong reputation for consistently delivering results on time sensitive, complex, high profile projects. From our nation’s most revered memorials, public spaces, and institutions to complex public housing and education solutions, transportation megaprojects, and leading green buildings, Ms. McKissack has piloted the company’s management of many of the country’s most complex construction projects. Through her leadership and vision, McKissack & McKissack has 160 employees, with major offices in Washington, DC, Chicago, Baltimore, Miami, and Los Angeles. Moreover, it is ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top 50 program management and top 100 construction management for-fee firms in the United States.

Ms. McKissack’s passion for excellence has defined the culture of McKissack & McKissack, which provides quality services in the areas of healthcare, environmental, government, education, residential, sports and recreational, commercial, and transportation, among others. The firm has greatly contributed to the landscape of our country’s National Mall in Washington, DC, with projects such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Upgrades. The firm was also the designer of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Stands. Corporate clients include: MGM, HondaJet, Exelon, CompEd, Geico, and Baltimore Gas and Electric. Additional projects include the Main U.S. Treasury Building, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Los Angeles International Airport Central Utility Plant Replacement, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, Chicago Housing Authority-Wide Construction Management, District of Columbia Public Schools Modernization and Stabilization Project, Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O’Hare International Airport Modernization, McCormick Place West Expansion, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel Expansion and Renovation, and U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.

Prior to launching her own organization, Ms. McKissack worked directly with the president of Howard University. Her leadership at the institution was marked by successfully managing all of the facilities and associated capital budget, which covered three campuses, 133 buildings, and 900 employees. Earlier in her career, she worked for both Turner Construction Company and Dames & Moore Group, leaders in the construction and engineering industries.

Ms. McKissack serves on the board of directors of the DC Building Industry Association, Design-Build Institute of America, Living Classrooms Foundation, Construction Industry Round Table, and Economic Club of Washington, DC, and chairs the DC Career Academy Engineering Industry Advisory Council. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Building Museum, University of the DC Foundation, and Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee, as well as a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Ms. McKissack is a contributor to the Women’s History Museum. She is a member of the Federal City Council in Washington, DC, DC Chamber of Commerce, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Construction Management Association of America, and National Forum of Black Public Administrators, where she served as the chair of its Annual National Leadership Awards Dinner for three consecutive years. Moreover, Ms. McKissack is appointed to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Industry Advisory Group.

Ms. McKissack holds a BS in civil engineering from Howard University, where she also studied architecture. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Adelphi Commencement Honorary Degree, Doctor of Public Service, from the University of Maryland University College. Moreover, Ms. McKissack is a licensed professional engineer and registered project management professional.