Ms. McKissack Daniel, 51, is president and chief executive of McKissack & McKissack, a New York company involved in several infrastructure projects, including Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, the World Trade Center and Columbia University’s expansion....
Q. Let’s talk about your involvement in some of these projects, starting with Atlantic Yards.
A. We handle all of the infrastructure. The arena is built on top of what used to be the storage area for trains during the day. And so we had to move all those tracks and put them in a temporary location, which is where the trains are being stored now. It involved moving the Carlton Avenue Bridge. In January 2014 we start building the permanent yard. We’re the prime contractor for the work that we’re doing.
Q. Have the minority- and female-owned company designations helped the business?They sure do help. Remember how, in 2005, the Brooklyn Eagle reported that then-Forest City Ratner executive Jim Stuckey "didn’t know whether McKissack was chosen by a bidding process, but stressed that his firm has known of McKissack’s rail experience for quite some time."
A. They help getting a business off the ground in a new location. We get a new client as a subcontractor, and then convert that into a prime relationship.
She's also given to the campaigns of Bill de Blasio, Letitia James, and William Thompson.