Deryl McKissack is the CEO of McKissack & McKissack, the nation’s largest and oldest African-American and female-owned architecture, engineering and construction management. The firm is based in Washington, D.C., with nine offices in total and over $10 billion in projects currently underway nationwide. Under her leadership, McKissack has managed and worked on such landmark projects as the George H.W. Bush Library, the Obama Presidential Center, the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials, the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the MGM National Harbor, Nationals Park (home to the Washington Nationals) and Navy Pier Centennial Vision Projects in Chicago. McKissack is also known for leading the construction, and serving as the architectural firm of record, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.
I wanted to push and pull my own little red wagon. In 1996, a fire at the U.S. Treasury building caused water and smoke damage throughout the structure. The Treasury Department wound up funneling about $10 million in business through our office.2 May 2021