Women in Construction Spotlight: Erin Anderson

Vice President of Project Management Erin Anderson’s career exemplifies how a woman can succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Her decision to pursue civil engineering and, ultimately, construction began in high school when she was asked to join the engineering classes as a result of her aptitude in math.

“That opened my eyes to a path I didn’t see prior,” Erin explained.

Erin began her career with Riley Construction as a Project Intern while earning her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She has climbed the ranks steadily ever since, earning multiple promotions while successfully leading some of Riley’s largest and most complex projects. Erin is a vital member of Riley’s Executive team, leading project management at the Corporate level as well as overseeing operations at the company’s Kenosha headquarters. She continues to serve as Project Executive on many of Riley’s largest jobs. In 2020, Erin’s industry contributions were recognized with the Wisconsin construction periodical Daily Reporter’s “Women in Construction” Award.

Erin lives in Kenosha with her husband and three children and is active in women’s and children’s causes in her community. She has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Kenosha Achievement Center and on the Development Committee since 2010. She takes great pride building in the community she lives in. 

As a successful construction professional, Erin offers some sage advice to young girls and women who are interested in the construction industry as a potential career.

“Ask yourself if you like working in a team setting, solving problems, and seeing tangible results from your hard work.  If the answer is yes, then consider the construction field.  Don’t let yourself be your own obstacle from experiencing the rewarding industry that construction is.”

Congratulations on all your success Erin! Well deserved.

  • Erin and her family