LINXS Constructors Inclusivity Manager

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield

Q: Tell me a bit about your background and how you came to work in Inclusivity.
A: My background in construction was organic. I would say that I am extremely driven by life’s challenges, which has helped me advance my career in construction. It all started by identifying a need, raising my hand, and stepping up to get results.

Initially, my career was focused on education and high school exit exams, but was given a challenge to implement a program that would assist businesses in obtaining certification. Over the years, I used the strength and experience built up in those past roles, as well as education in policy, community engagement and certification to further my knowledge in the area of “Diversity and Inclusion” and continued to learn how it relates to construction’s bottom line and compliance.

Q: Have you always worked in construction/infrastructure? How did you come to work in construction/infrastructure?
A: I’ve worked in construction for as long as I can remember and enjoy not only the challenges, but also the outcomes of stronger businesses and stronger communities for the geographic area around the project. I’m grateful that I have had the opportunity to work in both the heavy civil infrastructure and commercial sectors.

Q: What do you like most about your line of work?
A: Partnering to change lives. In my role, I have had the opportunity to work on so many impactful projects with some of the most amazing people in the industry to develop and implement processes and procedures that will assist in removing barriers for under-represented communities in subcontracting, workforce and youth engagement. It is extremely rewarding to see the impact of change and growth, and also to see those who may have not have an opportunity, now have an opportunity.

Q: How long have you lived and worked in Los Angeles? Are there any unique characteristics or trends specific to Los Angeles that factor into how you do your job?
A: Pride. I have traveled to a few other states and cities to support projects, but I am most excited to say that I was born and raised in Los Angeles and am a true “Angeleno”. I have such great pride in implementing and managing a team of amazing professionals who hard every day so that our project represents the diversity within the City of Los Angeles. I also have the opportunity to contribute to a footprint for long-term systematic change in construction regarding inclusivity, diversity and equity for subcontracting, workforce and youth engagement.

A unique characteristic in how I do my job is that I get out of my comfort zone. Each day I challenge myself and my team to be extraordinary. Extraordinary meaning be a partner to meet the overall goals, commitments and community.