As a firm that is constantly striving to develop high-performance, collaborative design teams, McMillen Jacobs Associates aims to foster a barrier-free environment that promotes diversity and inclusion for our project delivery partners.
Jeannine Alexander, Marketing Director/Senior Associate, has been named as McMillen Jacobs’ Underground Division Partner Inclusion, Diversity, and Compliance Manager to support the firm in developing diverse inclusion plans on our project teams during the proposal/tender development stage. Throughout project delivery, she will lead our efforts to foster a culture of inclusion and meet or exceed the goals set by our clients; develop small business mentoring and coaching programs; and co-lead internal management training in understanding and responding to diversity, equity, and inclusion related topics and issues on projects.
“This goes beyond doing the right thing; it reinforces what we have been doing, and also recognizes more can be done with our teaming partners for DEI, and in educating our staff” said Victor Romero, President of the Underground Division.
Jeannine has always supported the development of minority, women, and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBE), driving project teams to exceed client goals and expectations in proposal development. She led McMillen Jacobs’ efforts as part of the WSDOT/Sound Transit’s Capacity Building Mentorship Program as a mentor firm to MBE protégé firm Reyes Engineering and will celebrate with them as they graduate from the program in January.
As McMillen Jacobs’ lead for national and local team diversity and inclusion activities and initiatives, Jeannine will ensure broad involvement from multiple internal and external stakeholders. She was also recently named to the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) National Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which recognizes that because of the specialized role of marketers and business development professionals within AEC firms, SMPS and its members have a unique opportunity to shift the direction of inclusion within the industry.
“I am excited to lead the firm’s external and internal efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in our project teams and in the broader AEC industry. Advocating in this arena has been a long-term interest of mine and being a voice to foster change is incredibly important to me,” said Jeannine.