President & CEO Cheryl McKissack Daniel leads the firm with more than 25 years of experience in all phases of the construction industry and provides executive leadership for project implementation. She serves as Principal-in-Charge and Project Executive on numerous high-profile projects, including major work in the commercial, healthcare, education and transportation sectors and is actively involved in project oversight and management, ensuring that diversity is implemented during each phase of a project or program.
Cheryl serves on various boards, including the New York Building Congress, New York Women’s Forum, Greater New York ACE Mentor Program and Women’s Builders Council. Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de’Blasio she serves the OneNYC Advisory Board, Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force and the MWBE Advisory Council. She also served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for NYS Governor elect Andrew Cuomo’s Transition Team. In Philadelphia, she served as Chair of the MWBE Committee for Mayor elect John Street’s Transition Team. Pervious Boards included, the National Women’s History Museum, Fisk University and the National Liberty Museum Board, where she was honored as a “Hero of Liberty” for her support of humanitarian initiatives and for promoting the responsibilities of a free and diverse America. Cheryl is an active member in Women in Transportation (WTS).
Cheryl earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University. Born in Nashville to architect William DeBerry and teacher, Leatrice McKissack, Cheryl represents the fifth generation of the McKissack family’s century-old business, McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority and woman-owned professional design and construction firm in the nation.
Joe is Senior Vice President of Rail & Infrastructure and serves as Program Director on the MTA Independent Engineering Consultant contract McKissack holds as a prime for its second consecutive term. He reports directly to the MTA Board of Directors Capital Program Oversight Committee. The MTA Capital Program is valued at approximately $32B. Joe manages McKissack’s project team assigned to oversee this program and active elements of earlier Capital Programs.
Currently, Joe oversees an expert staff of more than 25 full-time professionals, which includes project managers, analysts, subject matter experts, professional engineers, architects and others experienced in project controls. Many of this staff have been on the contract since 2009.
Joe’s exceptional railroad career began in 1972 where he worked in the engineering field for the old Penn Central Railroad. Prior to joining McKissack in 2005, he spent 29 years with Amtrak working on numerous projects, including Penn Station with LIRR, Grand Central Terminal with Metro-North, and Sunnyside Yard during the period high-speed rail service was instituted throughout the Northeast Corridor. Joe’s many accomplishments include serving as part of the team that led the high-speed vehicle procurement, building the high-speed maintenance facility in New York, leading the mechanical department and culminating with his tenure as the General Manager for Customer Service and Special Projects where he served as liaison to the MTA on the East Side Access project.
Dean is Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at McKissack. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the firm while investigating value propositions associated with expanding into new market sectors. He proposes and participates in defining objectives to gain market share and maximize profitability, and executes plans to make those objectives achievable.
He possesses over 25 years of experience in construction management and general contracting involving extensive academic building renovations and rehabilitation throughout the Northeast region. He has provided project management for interior and exterior renovations and new construction projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. His projects have included high-end boutique hotels, restaurants, financial institutions, and retail centers.
Dean has served as Project Principal for many of McKissack’s most important projects including the new Lincoln University Science Center and the International Cultural Center, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Medicine, the Philadelphia School District Capital Improvement Plan, the Philadelphia International Airport Terminals D & E Expansion, and providing CM services for multiple projects for Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Southeastern PA Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
He has also worked for the NYC School Construction Authority, the NYC Department of Design and Construction, DASNY, the New Jersey Schools Corporation, the American Water Company, the City of Camden, the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Delaware River Port Authority.
Dean currently provides operational oversite on McKissack’s PA and NJ projects, and leads McKissack business development efforts firm-wide.
Robert A. McDermott, known as RAM, is Vice President of Rail & Infrastructure and has more than 35 years of experience in the rail industry serving in senior management positions for both the Long Island Rail Road and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
RAM’s career began in 1974 as a tower operator with the LIRR. He went on to become a Train Dispatcher, Training Instructor, Transportation Manager and ultimately Superintendent – Train Movement overseeing the LIRR’s rail operations control center. His career culminated in him being chosen to be the first Director of Railroad Operations for the East Side Access Project in 1999.
During the course of his career, RAM has been involved in authoring more than 300 operational edicts, and publishing the first complete revision to the original LIRR SOP written in 1994. His achievements include developing and chairing the first company-wide tabletop drill in 1997 which was attended by more than 200 operational and outside agency employees. RAM also served on the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Rail Safety and Advisory Committee in Washington D.C.; a two-year project which resulted in the publication of 49 CFR Part 220 in 1998.
RAM currently serves as McKissack’s project head for the Pacific Park Development project (formerly known as Atlantic Yards) in downtown Brooklyn. He has been instrumental in coordinating efforts between the developer and the LIRR to accommodate the construction of the Barclay Center and renegotiating the Pacific Park contract beyond moving the LIRR Yards to now lowering the massive rail yard below grade so McKissack’s client, Greenland Forest City Partners, can build new structures above the yard. RAM leads an incredibly talented team of employees at Pacific Park.
Albert serves as Vice President. He has been with McKissack since 2006 and brings more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry.
Albert began his career at McKissack serving as Senior Project Manager for DASNY’s $185M new 194,000 SF School of Science, Health and Technology Building at Medgar Evers College, which won the 2012 Brooklyn Building Award by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. His experience is comprised of a variety of complex project types for healthcare, higher education and institutional clients. He is well versed in interfacing with owners and prime contractors and directing the project team managing the total budget, schedule, and construction process from the conceptual stage to owner occupancy.
Albert currently serves as Project Executive on McKissack’s NYCEDC CM Retainer contract. Valued at $150M and continuing through 2019, current projects includes Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx, Mart 125 in Harlem and Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan.
Julie is Vice President of McKissack and is a strategic leader with eight years of executive level engagement in the long-term community disaster recovery process. She possesses a successful background of elevating organizational performance through her project management expertise. Julie is an expert in the identification, analysis, and resolution of diverse operational issues.
Julie possesses a deep understanding of the national Disaster Recovery Framework and has collaborated with officials from FEMA, HUD, FDIC, USDA, and SBA along with state and local agencies to assess and make recommendations for the long-term recovery process applying her knowledge of agencies’ rules and regulations. Recently, Julie served as a policy technical advisor to the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm recovery (GOSR). She advised program executive and senior leadership in the management and execution of the State’s long-term recovery process from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Super Storm Sandy to assure and align day-to-day project implementation with the HUD action plans and amendments and with issues related to compliance with HUD Community Development Block Grant Programs Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and the State of New York regulations. Julie served as the GOSR subject matter expert on matters related to HUD and FEMA policy and programming.
At McKissack, Julie oversees the Diversity Consulting Services group, which provides oversight management and monitoring for all diversity compliance services on McKissack projects. She works with her team to develop and execute diversity strategies and initiatives to manage and monitor compliance requirements for construction projects. Julie has worked closely with clients to create an environment of inclusion for minority-, woman-owned and small business enterprises, community groups and diverse labor force professionals, including the development of outreach programs, tracking and reporting mechanisms for diversity consulting.
Steven is a construction professional with more than 25 years of industry experience on a broad range of projects. Throughout his extensive career, he has lent his expertise to a variety of project types, including healthcare (new and modernization), office and corporate facilities, residential high rise, universities and K-12 schools, aviation, laboratory, research, and pharmaceutical facilities, and convention and hospitality buildings.
Steve currently serves as Director of Preconstruction and leads McKissack’s team of estimators and schedules, and manages the process and resources to provide quality preconstruction services to McKissack’s clients and project teams.