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Cheryl McKissack Felder

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Construction Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me

Birthplace

Born:
5/15/1961
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Construction Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me

Birthplace

Born:
5/15/1961
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Cheryl McKissack Felder, civil engineer and CEO of The McKissack Group, was born with her twin sister, Deryl, on May 15, 1961 in Nashville, Tennessee. Felder comes from a family of architects that start with an enslaved Ashanti ancestor in 1790. Grandfather Moses McKissack founded the family business in 1905. Her father, William DeBerry McKissack, took it over in 1968. Felder’s mother, Leatrice Buchanan McKissack, grew the business after her husband died. Felder attended Peabody Demonstration School, graduating in 1979, in the meantime earning her B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1981 and her M.S. degree in 1983 from Howard University.

At the United States Department of Defense, Felder provided quality assurance and quality control for government research projects, including MX missile silos, the United States Embassy anti-terrorist program and a large space structures project for NASA. From 1985 to 1989, she worked as a civil engineer for Weidlinger Associates and, in 1989, she served as an estimator for Turner Construction, both New York City firms. Felder also served as the estimation manager for the $2.5 million restoration/addition of the historic Schomburg Theatre. In 1991, she formed The McKissack Group (TMG), a full service construction management firm based in New York City. In 1999, Felder launched McKissack and McKissack Associates, an architecture and design company.

As The McKissack Group’s chief executive officer, Felder managed construction of the US Airways maintenance hangar in Philadelphia. She also served as project executive for the Medgar Evers Academic Building and Student Support Services buildings in Brooklyn, New York. Felder was the principal in charge of Philadelphia’s $395 million Lincoln Financial Field football stadium, the $450 million US Airways International Terminal in Philadelphia and the $1.5 billion renovation and reconstruction of the School District of Philadelphia. Other projects include the Brooklyn NBA Stadium, the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, the New York School Construction Authority and the African Burial Ground Monument in New York City. Felder and her husband Fred Felder belong to the 25,000-member Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Cheryl McKissack Felder's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Cheryl McKissack Felder lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes her maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes her maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her paternal ancestry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her paternal ancestry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes how McKissack and McKissack was founded
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about McKissack and McKissack's early notable achievements
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cheryl McKissack Felder remembers her father, William McKissack
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cheryl McKissack Felder remembers her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes her neighborhood and her childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes herself as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her time in grade school at Peabody Demonstration School, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Cheryl McKissack Felder remembers growing up in Nashville, Tennessee during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Cheryl McKissack Felder remembers her mother's relationship with Wilma Rudolph
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her aspirations when she was in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cheryl McKissack Felder recalls her time at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cheryl McKissack Felder remembers inspiring teachers and students at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her graduate research at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes her early professional career as an engineer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cheryl McKissack Felder recalls returning to Tennessee to join the family firm, McKissack & McKissack, in 1990
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her preferred projects
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her mother, HistoryMaker Leatrice McKissack, taking over the family business, McKissack & McKissack
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about projects completed by McKissack Group Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about expanding goals and opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about expanding goals and opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cheryl McKissack Felder reflects upon the disadvantages minority and women-owned businesses face
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about the three firms she started
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes M and M Solutions LLC's first project for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about upcoming large-scale projects for McKissack & McKissack
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her goals and aspirations for McKissack & McKissack
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her husband and children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cheryl McKissack Felder reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cheryl McKissack Felder reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her plans for African American monuments in New York, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about the institutions she plans to support with the Second Century Celebration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cheryl McKissack Felder describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cheryl McKissack Felder talks about her membership in Christian Cultural Center in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cheryl McKissack Felder narrates her photographs