Ellen Ward has 8 years of experience as our Manager of Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion. She has spearheaded our diversity plan internally and externally — developing thoughtful, integrated approaches to promote diversity in inclusion in our talent and subcontractor attraction, development, and retention. She has coordinated with over 25 local SMWVBE organizations to develop and provide SMWVBE Matchmaking Fairs & Workshops, provide community support, and maintain our SMWVBE databases. Ellen also manages Joeris’ mentor protege program with SMWVBE trade partners.

Ellen is also an integral part to our Joeris recruitment efforts. Along with attending on average 15 college career and school district fairs each season, Ellen collaborates with recruitment team, with a strong focus on acquiring and retaining top talent and on building pipeline for future needs.

As Human Resources Manager, Ellen builds effective and productive working relationships with internal stakeholders and clients, at all levels of the organization. She develops and executes a life-cycle approach to talent management focused on forecasting, staffing, on-boarding, development, performance management, career and succession planning, talent movement and retention, leveraging rigorous workforce analytics and insights.

Additionally, Ellen coaches Joeris leaders on HR policies and processes, including talent planning, learning and development, and performance management to promote engagement and a culture of continuous growth and development.


Joeris General Contractors                   2011 – Present

Manager of Human Resources & Diversity and Inclusion


Middle Tennessee State University        2010

Bachelors of Applied Science, Mass Communication/Media


  • Black Contractors Association, San Antonio Chapter Advisory Board Member
  • Bexar County SMWVBO Expo Planning Committee Member
  • Hispanic Contractors Association
  • Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Houston Chapter
  • Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Black Contractors Association
  • County SMWBE Agents
  • Hispanic Contractors Association
  • Institute for Economic Development
  • Minority Business  Enterprise Center
  • Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Houston
  • National Assn of Minority Contractors
  • National Assn of Women in Construction
  • SA Masonry Contractors Association
  • South Central TX Regional Certification Agency
  • Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Texas Diversity Council
  • Women’s Business Council – Southwest
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance Minority
  • Association General Contractors Construction Leadership Council
  • Black Contractors Association Advisory Committee
  • Association Builders Contractors
  • San Antonio Area African American Community Fund Board Member 2016 Gala Chair
  • Society for Human Resource Management Member
  • American Heart Association STEM Goes Red Board Member
  • SCUCISD Education Foundation Board Member