Anne Ellis has been named a 2019 inductee into the National Academy of Construction for her “continued commitment to leadership and service and as recognition of being the ‘best of the best’” in the industry.
Ellis is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s civil and environmental engineering department, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1980, with a focus in structural engineering.
She serves as CEO for Ellis Global and Executive Director of the Charles Pankow Foundation. With more than three decades in the industry, she’s held senior leadership positions driving enterprise growth and business alignment in publicly traded, global engineering and construction companies. A recognized industry leader, she serves on numerous boards including the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Challenger Center. She was appointed by several U.S. Secretaries of Commerce to serve on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to the National Coal Council. In 2013, she served as the 90th president of the American Concrete Institute, the first female professional engineer to hold that leadership position. She has served on the civil and environmental engineering alumni board and the Virginia Tech College of Engineering advisory board, as well as being inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the civil engineering department and Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence.
The mission of the National Academy of Construction is to “share its unmatched reservoir of expertise in service to the nation, to be the industry’s honest broker, and to honor individuals for leadership and contributions.” This year, the academy elected 39 new members selected from more than 300 leadership who were considered for academy membership.
“The importance of industry service was firmly impressed upon me during my time as a student at Virginia Tech,” Ellis said. “It is wonderful to be recognized for living our motto, Ut Prosim.”
Ellis and the other new members were formally inducted on October 24 during the National Academy of Construction annual meeting in Nashville, TN.