Women In Construction

WIC Profile: Debora Juliao

Debora Juliao, Assistant Project Manager, Erland Construction

Debora Juliao

Debora Juliao started her career with Erland Construction in March of 2022 as an assistant project manager (APM). Born and raised in Brazil, she came to the U.S. as an international student studying to get her associate’s degree. During this time, she was employed as an administrative assistant for a contractor outside of Boston. From that moment on, she became passionate about construction and asked to take on more work dealing directly with projects. Debora returned to school to get her associate’s in construction management and was later promoted to APM of that firm. She’s currently studying for her bachelor’s in project management from CSU and excelling at Erland.

Debora isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone, continuously seeking opportunities to grow and support her colleagues. She recently stepped up and took on the role of helping to fulfill the LEED requirements for a lab-ready facility. By shouldering this responsibility, her team could focus their time on coordinating final materials and closeout milestones for project completion.

Native to South America, Debora is fluent in Portuguese with a working knowledge of Spanish, an incredible asset when working with bilingual tradespeople in the industry. She provides additional translation and vital communication between subcontractors when needed.

Debora encourages women to get into the trades: “Believe in yourself, be persistent, and don’t feel discouraged. Use every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow. You don’t have to do it alone; surround yourself with people who’ll support you and whom you want to be.”