Renita is the chief administrative officer for Burns & McDonnell, a $4.3 billion global engineering and construction firm. In her role, Renita oversees corporate services including human resources, marketing, communications, security, travel, fleet and facilities. Additionly, she leads the COVID-19 Response Team.
Renita joined Burns & McDonnell in 1988, beginning her career as a civil engineer, providing design and construction services across the U.S. Throughout the next two decades, she supported more than 100 projects for multiple aviation and military clients. In 2009, she was promoted to general manager for the California region and in 2011 was promoted to vice president. Under her leadership, this regional team grew from just a few employees to more than 250. The firm was named a best place to work seven times in southern California and revenue nearly quadrupled.
Her influence extends into mentoring, with an emphasis on promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Renita helped form the Professional Women’s Exchange at Burns & McDonnell, which allows women to meet monthly to discuss challenges and learn from and engage with professionals. Additionally, Renita serves on the board for the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, the Professional Advisory Board at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and volunteers with Girls Inc.
Renita was named a Women of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal, Woman of the Year in 2017 by the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Long Beach and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)-San Diego Woman of the Year in 2015.
Renita earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. While her home is in Kansas City, Missouri, she is a frequent traveler enjoying unique destinations from Antarctica to the Galapagos Islands.