ENR California is pleased to announce the 2023 Top Young Professionals in the region. 

The annual awards program cites individuals under 40 years of age in each of ENR's 10 regions who have shown extraordinary career leadership and service. A panel of independent judges reviewed 75 candidates from California and Hawaii to determine the Top 20. 

ENR California thanks members of this year's judging panel for their efforts in selecting the winners: Mannie Barnes, Construction Manager, Atkinson Construction; Michael Boomsma, Senior Vice President of Education & Facilities, Cordoba Group; Ryan Gallagher, Principal, MKN; Ginger Kelly, former Vice President, RIM Architects (retired); Wendy McLeod, Project Director, Turner Construction Co., an ENR California 2022 Top Young Professional and Ronny McPherson, Vice President – Alaska Water Business Group Manager, HDR, an ENR Northwest 2019 Top Young Professional.

Winners from the 10 regions are automatically entered into ENR's National Top 20 Under 40 contest. Judging will begin later this fall.

The 2023 Top Young Professionals are listed below. Please be sure to read more about these rising young leaders in the January issue of ENR California & Northwest. 


Raven Adams
Sustainability Manager
Granite Construction
Watsonville, Calif.

Rob Best
Associate, Americas Energy and Digital Leader
San Francisco, Calif.

Sarah Buchner
Trunk Tools, Inc.
San Francisco, Calif.

Raki Chaitt
Senior Project Manager
Skanska USA Building
San Francisco, Calif.

Jenae Decker
Project Director 
San Fernando, Calif.

Sean Falvey
Project Executive
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sacramento, Calif.

Samantha Hill
Design With Skill
South Pasadena, Calif.

Victoria Jensen
Senior Estimator
DPR Construction
San Jose, Calif.

Kevin Laut
Director of Construction Management
California State University
Long Beach, Calif.

Kim Magee
Rail Transit Deputy Project Manager
HDR Inc.
San Diego, Calif.

Ellen Mair
Vice President of Business Development
Skanska USA Building
Los Angeles, Calif.

Jared Malapit
Precision Construction Services
San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Allison McCue
Sr. Vice President, Project Planning
San Francisco, Calif.

Eric Pheifer
Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc.
Orange, Calif.

Michelle Rabinovich
Chief Estimator
Shawmut Design and Construction
Los Angeles, Calif.

Carla Aguilar-Rivera
Project Manager
Oakland, Calif.

Cecily Way
Senior Director, Local Business Leader
Los Angeles, Calif.

Elliot Wong
Project Manager & Program Advisory Consultant
Oakland, Calif.

Erik Wright
Precision Construction Services
San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Abdul Aziz Zoua
Project Manager
Giroux Glass, Inc.
Los Angeles, Calif.