Deryl McKissack

McKissack & McKissack

Deryl McKissack is President and Chief Executive Officer of McKissack & McKissack, an architecture, environmental engineering and program management firm.  As an outgrowth of her family business, Ms. McKissack founded the company in 1990, as a sole entrepreneur working with very limited financial resources.  Through her leadership and vision, McKissack & McKissack has grown to 150 employees, with offices in Washington, DC, Chicago, Miami and Baltimore.  Moreover, 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, DC area.

Ms. McKissack’s passion for excellence has defined the culture of McKissack & McKissack, which provides quality services in the areas of health care, environmental, government, education, residential, sports and recreational, commercial and transportation, among others.  The firm’s successful track record is represented by the following projects:  new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, renovation of the Main U.S. Treasury Building, restoration of the Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Chicago and D.C. Public Schools—various contracts, Chicago Housing Authority’s Capital Improvement Plan Programs, new Washington Convention Center, new Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O’Hare International Airport Modernization Program, Chicago’s McCormick Place expansion and the new Baltimore Hilton Hotel and Convention Center.

Prior to launching her own company, Ms. McKissack worked directly with the President of Howard University.  Her leadership at the institution was marked by successfully managing a $32 million operating budget and capital budget exceeding $200 million, 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 National Building Museum, Living Classrooms Foundation, DC Economic Club and Advisory Board for the DC Lottery.  Additionally, Ms. McKissack is a member of the Federal City Council in Washington, DC, Metropolitan Planning Commission in Chicago, the Executive’s Club of Chicago, National Forum of Black Public Administrators, Corporate Advisory Council (National, Chicago and Washington, DC Chapters), The Committee 200 as well as the Construction Management Association of America.


Ms. McKissack has a Bachelor of Science Degree 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 registered Project Management Professional and a Professional Engineer, licensed to practice in five states.


Awards and Publications

  • 2007 – Maryland’s Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises
  • 2007 – Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards, Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, NC
  • 2007 – The National Organization of Minority Architects Magazine, “15 Outstanding NOMA Women”
  • 2007 – ACEC, Engineering Inc., “The Path of Perseverance”
  • 2006 – Repsol Technology Center and Institute of Energy, Virginia Chapter of the AIA Honor Award for Design
  • 2004 – SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year, Metropolitan DC
  • 2004 – Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE), “The Belle of the Mall”
  • 2003 – Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses, Washington Business Journal
  • 2003 – Washington Business Journal, “African-American Architect Builds on Tradition”
  • 2002 – Ebony, “Sisters in Charge: Innovative Women Entrepreneurs”
  • 1998 – Madam C. J. Walker Spirit Award

§       1997 – Small Business Person of the Year