Shandra Colón

McKissack & McKissack, one of the nation’s leading Black- and woman-owned architecture, engineering and program and construction management firms, announced recently that Shandra Colón joined the company as vice president of business development in its Dallas, Texas, office. Colón, a Dallas native known as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the commercial real estate business, will focus on strengthening McKissack’s strategic partnerships in the fast-growing Texas market and with corporate clients nationwide.

Before joining McKissack, Colón, who calls herself a “serial entrepreneur,” was chief navigation officer and president of The Catalyst Firm, a consulting company specializing in business development strategy, especially for minority- and women-owned firms in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. She will continue her advocacy work in the AEC industry by remaining on the board of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors as its current vice chairman.

In Texas, McKissack is currently working on the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum both the Dallas and Fort Worth Independent School Districts, Texas Woman’s University and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Colón said she plans to concentrate on the firm’s K-12 education, aviation and convention business in the state and nationally.