Poet Named VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Major Construction Firm

October 31, 2019

Jorge QuezadaJorge Quezada ’86 has been named the vice president of diversity and inclusion at Granite, one of the largest construction, transportation, infrastructure, and mineral exploration companies in the United States.

Granite has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies for 10 years in a row and is an award-winning industry leader in safety, quality and sustainability.

In Quezada’s new role at the company, he will be responsible for implementing strategies that will bring diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the forefront of all business operations.

Quezada brings a long history of ensuring diversity to his new role. Prior to joining Granite, Quezada was the senior director of diversity and inclusion and leadership development at Northwestern Mutual. At the financial security company, he was responsible for creating and executing diversity and inclusion strategies, leadership initiatives, and training programs. Prior to that, Quezada was the chief diversity officer at Kraft Foods and the inclusivity and diversity Director at Allstate Insurance Company.

Quezada earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Whittier College. He also earned a master of business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.