In recognition of Women’s History Month, we’re asking leading practitioners to talk about what drew them to the AEC industries. Lisa Anders, Vice President of Business Development at McKissack & McKissack, has more than two decades of construction project management experience in both public and private sectors. Holding a BS in Civil Engineering from Howard University and a MBA from the University of Maryland, she was senior program director for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and senior project manager for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
“As a child I gravitated towards activities and toys that required creativity and assembly, like Lego, woodworking, and building model trains and rockets. I was into science and math, and loved art. I strongly considered going pre-med, but chose to pursue civil engineering instead because it seemed to capture all of my interests. Although I like the living sciences, I followed my passion of building things over rebuilding people! I have been thoroughly satisfied with my choice. It has been very rewarding, and I feel blessed to enjoy a career that contributes to the enhancement of the world in which we live.”