Linda Graves, VP of Diversity and Community Affairs at Gilbane, recently received the prestigious Harriet Tubman Leadership Award from the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC).
As a ten-year veteran with Gilbane, Graves serves in a National leadership role positioning Gilbane's diversity and inclusion efforts as a comprehensive strategy to achieve business and workforce commitments.
In her role, Graves will be responsible for developing and implementing Gilbane's community benefits commitments within key markets and promoting and engaging with historically under-utilized businesses, minority, women-owned, small and local business enterprises. She will work with local project teams in understanding and defining the needs and expectations of clients, while strengthening Gilbane's relationships with key stakeholders and trades to enhance contracting opportunities for local businesses as well as cultivate active participation with industry organizations and associations which promote inclusion and training opportunities.
A passionate community and industry advocate, Graves serves as the co-chair of the African American Women's Fund Project in partnership with The Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee. She is also an active member of the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA), where she earned her Certified Compliance Administrator (CCA) designation, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University. She serves on Gilbane's internal diversity council IDEA, which supports the company's commitment to diversity in the workplace.
About Gilbane Building Company (this is part of the Linda Graves article, not a separate article)
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.