New York — Gregory A. Kelly, P.E., president and chief executive officer of the U.S. and Latin America region of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, received the 2017 Foundation Award from the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation (BWAF). The BWAF Foundation Award is given annually to “a transformational firm for influencing and expanding opportunities for the careers of women in the building industry.” BWAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to “advancing the knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture.”
In bestowing the award on Mr. Kelly, BWAF cited his “commitment to making a difference in this arena, through your expressed mission and values, your programs, and also as displayed through your ongoing attendance and active participation at our Industry Leaders Roundtable.”
“I am honored to receive the BWAF Foundation Award,” said Mr. Kelly. “Fostering equal opportunity for women starts at home, continues through school and flourishes in the workplace. Eliminating gender pay gaps is an important part of attracting and retaining the best talent and I am pleased to report that at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff we have made great strides in promoting a workplace with a fair and equitable pay ratio.”
Mr. Kelly oversees a workforce nearly 8,000 employees in the U.S. and Latin America that generates $1.7 billion in annual revenue in such markets as buildings, transportation, energy, water, and environment. In addition, he is a member of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s global leadership team, responsible for operations, policy and direction for an engineering and professional services organization of 36,700 employees in more than 500 offices in 40 countries. During his tenure he has emphasized a commitment to diversity and the promotion of women to key leadership positions in the firm.
Under Mr. Kelly’s direction, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has significant roles on major projects throughout the U.S. and Latin America, including One World Trade Center, 432 Park Avenue, and the La Guardia Airport Central Terminal in New York City; the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the 30th Street Station master plan in Philadelphia; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Salesforce Tower, the Transbay Transit Center and 181 Fremont in San Francisco.
Active in the infrastructure services industry, Mr. Kelly frequently speaks on engineering and construction issues and participates on the executive boards of many leading industry organizations.
Mr. Kelly was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2014. He is on the executive committee of the Design Professionals Coalition and is a member of the board of the Association for the Improvement of Americas Infrastructure.
Mr. Kelly has served as a member of the civil engineering advisory board of the Polytechnic Institute at New York University and the civil engineering and environmental advisory committee of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Giving back to the community is vital to Mr. Kelly. He chairs the Salvadori Center, a non-profit focused on innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs in the New York City Schools. He is also the co-chair of the New York City March of Dimes Transportation and Construction Luncheon.
He has a B.S. degree in civil engineering and construction technology from Temple University and an M.S. degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in several states.