Notable Women in Construction and Design: Gina Spang

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Women in Construction and Design
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 25
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Applied Science, Civil Engineering / Marquette University
  • Graduate degree/university: Master of Business Administration / Alverno College

Since founding Milwaukee-based Spang Strategies LLC in 2022, Gina Spang has worked on the construction of an elementary school in Wauwatosa, the high school addition to the Hmong American Peace Academy, restoration of the Oriental Theatre, and a new stadium and addition to the science center at Ripon College. 

Throughout her career, Spang has created spaces that support learning. For example, she facilitated a public-private partnership to build Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee. She also oversaw a collaboration between Milwaukee Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to build one facility to be shared by both organizations.

Prior to launching her own company, Spang served as a strategic market executive at VJS Construction Services and, earlier, as the first female director of facilities and maintenance services for MPS before being promoted to chief of staff.  

“Gina is particularly interested in paving the way for other women to work in the male-dominated construction industry. She does this first by serving as an example that a woman can be successful,” said Catherine Knipstein, vice president of strategy at Athena Communications LLC. 

Spang is also working on a collaboration called “Girls – Let’s Build!” to engage girls in grades 5-8 in construction projects. 

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