Mishaune Sawyer

JE Dunn Construction
Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, East Region
Mishaune joined the JE Dunn Team with 20 years of professional experience as well as a strong reputation and track record for her work across industries in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space.
Mishaune has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, urban planner, project director for a former U.S. senator, and, most recently, general counsel and director of projects for ERS Enterprises, Inc., where she worked as a DEI consultant on numerous high profile development projects in the Chicagoland Area. Mishaune was honored to serve as the DEI consultant for the Barak Obama Foundation, the Chicago Transit Authority Redline Extension Project, and the O’Hare Airport Project Management Team for O’Hare 21 where she was specifically tasked with creating and implementing strategic initiatives for supplier diversity, workforce development and local hiring.
Through these roles she gained invaluable experience in coordinating with government agencies, community stakeholders, and the public at large to work through competing interests. Over her career, she has spearheaded efforts to cultivate effective working relationships with various public and private individuals and community-based organizations.
She has worked hard to develop policies and strategies with long term impact that create an environment for small and diverse businesses to build capacity and to be able to build a diverse workforce made up of as many people as possible from underserved and historically underrepresented communities.
The Atlanta native attended Emory University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree before attending DePaul University where she obtained her Juris Doctorate.