Women's Wins

Livingston's Concrete Announces New Vice President, CEO Retirement

Shannon Russi of Livingston's has been promoted to Vice President. Patricia L. Henley, Livingston's CEO, has retired. This article was provided by Livingston's Concrete.

Livingston’s Concrete is pleased to announce the promotion of Shannon Russi to the position of Vice President. Shannon started working for the family business during her high school summer vacations. Since 2002, she has worked various positions within the company, to strengthen her leadership responsibilities. She started with dispatch order entry, worked her way into the accounting department and recently earned the well-deserved position of Director of Administration.

Shannon is the grand-daughter of the founders of Livingston’s Concrete, Edith and Vincent Livingston. Shannon has a great appreciation of the foundation of the company and keen insight to keep Livingston’s Concrete focused on being the “Good Service Company” now and into the future.

On that note, we proudly announce the retirement of Patricia L. Henley. Livingston’s is grateful for her exceptional leadership. Patti worked for the family business directly out of high school, and in 1981, she began to focus on her career. In 1987 she was named Vice President and in 2005, Patti was elected President of the company. In 2020 Patti became CEO and Chair of the Board. Patti has continued the development of Livingston’s as a leader in the Sacramento Region. She has strengthened the foundation at Livingston’s, which is set to continue a high level of service, for the next generation. Patti will be retiring January 19, 2023. The entire organization is thankful for her leadership, passion for our staff and gratitude for our customers.

The transition team has been working towards these dates for several years. The family owned company is in a solid position with the leadership of Joe Russi, President and Vice President, Shannon Russi.

Raven Adams Named One of ENR’s “2023 Top Young Professionals” in California

Raven Adams (Sustainability Manager, Granite Construction) earned a spot on ENR's 2023 Top Young Professionals list.


Raven Adams of Granite Construction has been named one of Engineering News-Record (ENR) California’s “2023 Top Young Professionals.” ENR classifies top young professionals as “individuals under 40 years of age in each of ENR’s 10 regions who have shown extraordinary career leadership and service.”

Raven, the sustainability manager for Granite (headquartered in Watsonville, CA) was nominated for this honor by the leadership team at Granite. As the face of sustainability for Granite, she developed a new sustainability program, led the development of a sustainability strategic plan, managed Granite’s first sustainability materiality assessment, and managed the company’s first climate risk assessment to name a few.

“It is an honor to be recognized by ENR California and I am grateful to Granite’s leadership team for giving me the opportunity to pursue such meaningful work through our sustainability program,” Raven said.

In addition to her impressive accomplishments at Granite, she also has a key role in industry associations’ efforts around sustainability. She is the Vice Chair of the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Sustainability Committee and a member of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel’s Sustainability Committee. She participated in NAPA’s Climate Stewardship Task Force to develop NAPA’s climate action plan The Road Forward, which aims for net zero asphalt pavements. She was also a speaker at CalCIMA’s 2021 Education Conference.

“I went to law school to study environmental and natural resources law because I wanted to learn how to bring different stakeholders together to tackle the challenges of climate change,” said Raven, “so it has been particularly meaningful to me to contribute to NAPA’s climate stewardship efforts.”

Raven not only puts in a great effort within the industry, but also makes a difference in her community. While studying at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Raven interned at Colorado Legal Services and helped build a development plan for a medical-legal partnership with the Children’s Hospital in Denver. This passion for health equity carried on, and Raven now serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley, which fosters a healthy and equitable community through advocacy, collaboration, and wellness.

With all her hard work and accomplishments within the industry and community, it’s no surprise she was honored with this award!

Raven, along with the other winners, will be entered into the national contest to see who will be in the National Top 20 under 40. Congratulations on this honor, Raven!

Raven will be joining CalCIMA at its 2022 Education Conference in La Jolla, California. She will be a panelist on the Sustainability Panel.

Laura Carpenter Wins "Associate of the Year" Award

Laura Carpenter was presented with the Associate of the Year award by IEA's CEO Jack Monger.

Laura Carpenter of Brown and Caldwell has recently been awarded the Industrial Environmental Association's (IEA) "Associate of the Year" award. This award is presented to a consultant who goes above and beyond for the IEA in regards to attendance at committee meetings and expanding IEA's mission. This award is not annual, with the last IEA Associate of the Year award being in 2018.


Laura achieved this award through her active participation with the IEA. She has been part of its Water Committee for many years, and when a spot on IEA's Board of Directors opened up, she decided to join. In addition to her participation with the association, she has also been very active with the IEA's conference by helping come up with topics, organizing sessions, moderating, and speaking at the conference. This year, she was offered the opportunity to chair the conference. To recognize her efforts, the IEA awarded her and her company with the Associate of the Year award. This is the first year a consultant from Brown and Caldwell has won this award. 


Congratulations Laura! Well deserved!