Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Alvarado is president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc.,
whose projects include airports, convention centers,
and sports stadiums.
She is the first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball franchise,
the Colorado Rockies.
Hispanics have always been on construction sites, we were viewed
as laborers and craftsmen, not as company owners.
And if women were on construction sites at all, it was as secretaries
in the job-site trailers. So it’s important not how other
people see us, but how we perceive ourselves in achieving our
Guided by her mother’s philosophy of empieza
pero piensa muy grande (start small, but think big), Alvarado
began as a laborer with a landscaping company and later moved
into construction management. Eventually she formed her own company,
initially building sidewalks and shelters for bus passengers.
Today, Alvarado Construction, Inc., has 450 employees and multi-million-dollar