Notable Women in Construction and Design: Joan Zepecki

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Women in Construction and Design
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 32
  • Undergrad degree/university: B.A. Political Science and History, UW -Milwaukee
  • Graduate degree/university: M.A. History, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Joan Zepecki, director of corporate affairs and diversity and inclusion coordinator at Brookfield-based Hunzinger Construction Co., has led the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts for more than 28 years. During that time, more than $585 million in contracts were awarded directly to minority- or women-owned firms. 

“I have worked directly with Joan Zepecki for more than seven years and have witnessed firsthand her dedication, passion and strategic efforts to work with and provide accessible opportunities to established minority-owned firms,” said Ugo Nwagbaraocha, president of the National Association of Minority Contractors – Wisconsin.

Zepecki was instrumental in managing the City of Milwaukee’s equity and inclusion requirements for Komatsu’s headquarters project, which opened in spring 2022 in Milwaukee’s Harbor District.

“Joan’s leadership ensured a successful project,” said Doug Kiser, global director of facilities and asset management for Komatsu Mining Co.

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