One of few Native American women with an advanced construction degree could help enrich the industry’s cultural landscape
Brianne Arviso could have easily stepped into an entry-level job in the construction industry after graduating from high school.
At that time, the Arviso Construction Company, started by her grandfather, Olsen Arviso Sr., had been in business for more than two decades. Her father, uncles and aunts worked for the company, headquartered near Gallup, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.
“I grew up with the company being a big part of my world,” she says.
Still, Arviso remembers feeling the pull of a higher calling. To start with, she wanted to go to college.