Cheryl McKissack Daniel

Board of Advisors

Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO of McKissack & McKissack, has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, including major work in the commercial, healthcare, education and transportation sectors.  Born in Nashville to architect William D. Berry and teacher, Leatrice McKissack, Cheryl represents the fifth generation of the McKissack family business. McKissack & McKissack is the oldest minority-owned design and construction firm in the nation. 

As President & CEO, Cheryl serves as Project Executive on numerous high-profile projects where she provides executive leadership ensuring successful project completion and is actively involved in project oversight and in the implementation of McKissack’s commitment to diversity. McKissack is involved with some of New York’s largest projects including: Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus; the NYC Economic Development Corporation Hunts Point Cooperative Market and MART125 in Harlem; Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards Barclays Center; and The Studio Museum in Harlem. McKissack also serves as the MTA Independent Engineer overseeing the Capital Construction Program of the nation’s largest transportation system.

Cheryl serves on various professional and community boards, including the New York Building Congress, Women Builders Council, Greater New York ACE Mentor Program, Philadelphia Authority of Industrial Development and the National Liberty Museum Board, where she was honored as a “Hero of Liberty” for her support of humanitarian initiatives and for promoting the responsibilities of a free and diverse America.  Cheryl also served as co-chair on Philadelphia Mayor John Street’s Transition Committee for Small Business, served on NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Transition Team on Transportation and Infrastructure, currently serves on NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s MWBE Advisory Council, and is an active member in the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and Women in Transportation. 

Cheryl earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University.