Kimberly Hardy, the diversity manager at The New Terminal One at JFK (NTO), was awarded the Diversity Advocate Award at the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors’ 28th Annual Service Awards Luncheon and the Power in Action Community Award by New York City Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers during Women’s History Month.
The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors presents its Diversity Advocate Award to individuals firmly committed to promoting and advocating for minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE). NYC Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers’ Powers in Action Community Award is presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community through advocacy and leadership.
Hardy holds the position of Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance at McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority and women-owned professional design and construction firm in the United States and a key partner of the Capital Project Delivery (CPD) team. As diversity manager for NTO, she ensures that NTO implements diversity and inclusion policies as a critical business component.
“I am honored to receive both awards during Women’s History Month and grateful for the recognition of our team’s work to include M/WBE and local businesses in The New Terminal One at JFK,” said Kimberly Hardy. “I believe it is important to create a level playing field, and I am committed to continuing this vital work.”
The New Terminal One at JFK has committed to contracting with local businesses and 30% M/WBE participation—significantly higher than many similar large-scale development projects throughout the United States, and in keeping with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s mandate for 30% M/WBE participation. Project leaders—including Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell, President and CEO of NTO; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and NTO’s consortium partners Ferrovial, JLC Infrastructure, Ullico, and Carlyle—have intentionally set diversity and inclusion metrics above industry standards to appropriately reflect the makeup of the New York metropolitan area, especially the local community of Southeast Queens in which the project is located.
“Kimberly Hardy and the Diversity and Inclusion team she leads collaborate with NTO’s design, construction, and operations teams to develop and build extensive community partnerships. We are laser-focused on capacity-building for local, minority, and women-owned businesses in southeast Queens and the communities surrounding JFK Airport to continue to drive historically high M/WBE participation goals,” stated Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell, President and CEO of The New Terminal One at JFK. Dr. Bushell continues, “I congratulate Kimberly Hardy for this recognition and for all she does to create a lasting impact at The New Terminal One at JFK.”
Hardy is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and Yale Law School. She has held senior positions in the private and public sectors. Practiced insurance and municipal finance law in New York, Newark, and London. She also served on several boards, including the Council for Black Business Enterprises, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and the United Nations Development Corporation.