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Deryl McKissack, PE, PMP

President and Chief Executive Officer
Deryl is chairwoman and chief executive officer of McKissack & McKissack, an architectural, engineering, program & construction firm managing over $15 billion in projects nationwide.
During the past 25 years under her leadership, McKissack & McKissack has managed such landmark projects as the new Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall, MGM National Harbor Casino, Navy Pier Centennial Projects in Chicago and served as the architectural firm of record for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. As a licensed professional engineer and registered project management professional, Deryl is part of the fifth generation of her family to work in the design and construction field. McKissack & McKissack is a continuation of the nation’s oldest African-American architectural firm and traces its beginnings to Moses McKissack, a master builder who was also a slave. After graduating from Howard University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, she worked at Turner Construction and Dames & Moore; while at these firms, she honed her experience in field work, business development, and construction management. In 1990, with a shoestring budget of $1,000, Deryl started McKissack & McKissack. McKissack & McKissack has grown to 170 employees, with offices in Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; and Washington, DC. The firm is ranked by "Engineering News-Record" as one of the top Construction Management For-Fee firms in the nation and by the "Washington Business Journal" as one of the top 25 design firms in the metropolitan Washington area.
Expertise
education

BS, Civil Engineering (interdisciplinary emphasis on Construction/Structural Engineering), Howard University

Professional Engineer—DC, FL, IL, MD, OH

Project Management Professional

affiliations

2013 Engineer of the Year by the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers

Construction Industry Round Table, Board of Directors

Construction Management Association of America

DC Career Academy, Chair, Engineering Industry Advisory Council

District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Board of Directors

District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Federal City Council—Washington, DC, Executive Committee

Living Classrooms Foundation—Baltimore, MD, Board of Directors

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Board of Trustees

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations—Industry Advisory Group

Community Engagement
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