March 5, 2021
Maria De Bonis, Technical Director, AKRF, Inc.
Where are you from? Where is home to you?
I’m from Brooklyn, NY. After spending four years in undergrad at the University of Delaware I moved back to Brooklyn to start my career and attend graduate school part-time at Columbia University.
What is your business? How are you affiliated with the AEC industry?
I’ve worked as a transportation and site/civil engineering design consultant and project manager for 10+ years. My experience is predominantly in NYC roadway reconstruction projects coordinating with various NYC agencies and private utility companies. I’ve worked directly as a design consultant for Con Edison for 8+ years analyzing and preparing utility interference packages for various capital projects.
What do you most want people to know about you or your business?
My career as a project manager has gravitated toward a niche market for utility coordination and cooperation on infrastructure projects throughout the five boroughs. I’ve become increasingly familiar with public and private utility design guidelines and developed relationships with many individuals at public and private agencies over the years. Here in NYC coordination among these agencies is critical for every project within the City’s right of way and I consider myself well informed in this area.
What is your favorite pastime?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I love weightlifting and reading in my spare time.
What is your favorite PWC memory/event or reason for joining?
With a mission of promoting and advancing women, PWC is an organization in the AEC industry that has always stood out among the rest. Being surrounded by and getting to know strong, intelligent women in our industry is a pleasure and I’m always looking to network and be able to provide business to like-minded individuals.
I was lucky enough to take part in the 2020 mentorship program PWC offers. My pairing with Nicole Dosso really helped me gain perspective. Speaking with someone I really respect in a related field who is able to provide objective feedback and advice has proven invaluable. I’m happy to say we’re still in touch and I consider her an important part of my personal board.