Notable Women in Construction and Design: Erica Ostendorf Mullins

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Women in Construction and Design
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 12
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Science, Interior Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Graduate degree/university: Master of Business Administration, Global Strategic Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, anticipated completion December 2023

Erica Ostendorf Mullins, executive vice president and director of interior design at Madison-based Strang Inc., recently became the first woman and first interior designer at the company to be named a principal. 

“Being a designer at an integrated architectural engineering firm has given her a platform to challenge traditional thinking,” said Kaitlyn Fox, marketing manager at Strang. “Since joining the leadership team, Erica has led firmwide strategic planning that has not only afforded Strang significant growth, but also furthered our efforts around creating a higher level of organization, structure and accountability while maintaining growth projections.” 

Mullins has also advocated for diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels and disciplines at Strang, said Fox, guiding the company to be a stronger, more inclusive organization.

Mullins is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is involved in the community as Strang’s point person for the company’s annual United Way drive. She is also a continued supporter of Habitat for Humanity, with contributions through pro-bono design work, participating in frame-ups and the annual women’s build.

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