Sierra is a Commercial Project Manager for GRID Alternatives. She helps manage projects that bring renewable energy to low-income communities, combining construction with social and environmental justice advocacy!
When asked how she got into the construction industry she replied “While studying Civil Engineering in college, I interned for heavy civil construction companies. Each internship was fast paced and required daily problem solving, which excited me! Watching projects go from a design plan on paper to being built was gratifying and required organized planning. Although I enjoyed learning the calculations behind designing these systems in my classes, I realized that I wanted to work on the construction side of the civil engineering industry. After college, I began working as a Project Engineer for McGuire and Hester where I worked in estimating and in the field at Stanford University.”
Her favorite thing about construction is contributing to projects that directly impact the world around us. Whether we are building the roads we commute on, the water infrastructure systems we rely on, or bringing renewable energy to the community for a greener future, working in construction is rewarding and these projects can positively affect our lives daily.
Sierra enjoys backpacking, hiking, making jewelry, traveling (safely prior to the pandemic) and eating – she is a big foodie! She is working towards obtaining her PE license, and volunteers as a math tutor for Community Education Partnerships.
She feels inspired by the women in our industry. “Since construction is currently a male dominated industry, the women who choose this career path are leaders.” She is grateful for the fun networking spaces that WiOPS provides.