Skanska Names Dina Clark as Its First Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Skanska USA Building has added Dina L. Clark as its first-ever senior vice president and head of diversity and inclusion, based out of its Rockville, Md. office.
In her role, Clark will work with the firm’s senior leadership team, operational teams, and professional service groups to foster an inclusive culture that celebrates differences and drives for greater diversity in the workforce.
“Our leaders have been on a committed diversity and inclusion journey for some time now, with collective efforts already underway,” Clark told Commercial Observer. “With an appetite to dig deeper, Skanska USA Building was very intentional about the creation of the D&I role, which further supports the expansion of our inclusion journey. I am thrilled to work with this team, and I am confident that together we will be able to make significant strides in this space.”
Clark comes to Skanska from Covestro, a materials solutions company, where she served as the head of diversity and inclusion for its North American headquarters for the past six years. Previously, she worked as senior director of equity and advocacy with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh; and as regional education project director for the Anti-Defamation League, serving Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.
“Skanska USA Building has done a great job in the diversity and inclusion space and I look forward to aligning those efforts with a comprehensive D&I strategy, one that supports our people and our business,” she said. “I also look forward to anchoring a national council for diversity and inclusion in the U.S.”
Part of her responsibilities will be visiting each of the firm’s U.S.-based offices and connecting with each general manager to learn more about their office, teams and culture.
“From my perspective, inclusion work is grounded by an African proverb that I love: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ I’ve been on an amazing journey for the past 20-plus years, and I am thrilled to see many of the areas of D&I that I respect and value already included in foundational aspects of Skanska’s business plans, business discussions, trainings and other areas throughout the company,” Clark said. “Over the years, I’ve been honored and fortunate to serve as a bridge-builder — bringing people, communities and businesses together to work towards being more intentional about inclusion.”