Riane Ragno, Diversity and Work Force Coordinator, Cranshaw Construction
Riane Ragno joined Cranshaw Construction in 2019 after transplanting from Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and earning a history degree from Tufts University, with a concentration on women’s history. As a Jumbo, Riane participated in the First Generation, QuestBridge and various other mentoring programs aimed at elevating the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Riane started her career in Cranshaw’s Pre-construction/Estimating department as an assistant estimating coordinator. Applying her keen organizations skills, she kept estimating and bidding information up to date for multi-family residential projects. Riane tracked compliance with project Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals and actively supported outreach to a broader subcontractor community.
In her current role as Cranshaw’s diversity and work force coordinator, Riane applies her trademark enthusiasm to the development of new strategies that support DEI goals, including subcontractor cultivation, hiring efforts, training and policy. Riane participates on DEI subcommittees established by Cranshaw and National Development to build the knowledge and awareness necessary to embrace diversity, strive for equity and promote inclusion at the firms.
Riane’s natural inquisitiveness and passion serve her well as she helps trail blaze DEI in the construction industry. “As part of the industry, DEI is still in its earliest stages but I’m excited that I get to help build the foundations and pave the way for the future of DEI,” she says. “Because DEI touches every aspect of the business, I engage in a lot of different parts and with a lot of different people, which keeps this role continually interesting and also challenging, but reminds me of just how meaningful and needed DEI is.”