McCarthy Building Companies names director of diversity for Central Region

Ralph Powell

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in St. Louis has promoted Ralph Powell Jr. to the position of Director of Diversity for the company’s Central Region.

In his new role, Powell will draw on his 18 years of hands-on construction field experience to expand McCarthy’s supplier diversity and community outreach program. This includes building and nurturing relationships with small and diverse businesses, capacity building and driving a comprehensive outreach strategy. He’ll also manage diversity initiatives for major McCarthy building projects across the 28-state Central Region.

Powell’s work will support McCarthy’s national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) program, which leverages best practices from every McCarthy region to promote inclusive hiring practices; equip and empower employees to grow their careers; and expand the company’s supplier diversity and community engagement programs.

Since joining McCarthy as project engineer in 2003, Powell has worked on a wide range of healthcare, education and other commercial construction projects—both in St. Louis and throughout the United States. He’ll leverage that breadth of experience in his day-to-day role as director of diversity.

Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.