Denise M. Berger is the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer (CSIO) of the U.S. East & LATAM (Latin America) Region of AECOM. She has a proven track record for success in leading growth initiatives and strategic positioning for multi-billion-dollar organizations.
A results-oriented leader with more than 30 years of executive experience in architecture, engineering, construction and program management, Denise joined AECOM last year as the chief operating officer for the Northeast Region. As CSIO of the wider U.S. East & LATAM Region, her responsibilities include strategic planning, operations, marketing and branding, digital transformation, growth of key cities and accounts and ESG across all region business lines: Transportation, Water, Program + Project Management, Buildings + Places, Energy, and Environment.
Denise is the former chief of operations for the engineering department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). In this capacity, Denise was responsible for the operations of an engineering department comprised of over 570 engineers and architects with an annual budget of $1.3 billion. The department is a critical contributor to the delivery of the agency’s $37 billion 10-year capital plan.
A champion for equitable engagement and inclusion, Denise serves on AECOM’s global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Steering Committee and is the chair of WTS International ED&I committee, advancing women in transportation.
Denise serves on several industry boards including Columbia University’s Task Force; Professional Women in Construction; the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture & Design Advisory Board; WTS International; and the Women’s Build Council. Denise has received several industry awards including WTS Woman of the Year. In 2018, she was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for her leadership and advocacy of design excellence in transportation and infrastructure projects, and in 2021 she was recognized with an RICS Fellowship.