Professional Women in Construction Boston Announces 2020-21 Board of Directors and Inaugural Advisory Board


BOSTON–The Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC) announced its incoming 2020/2021 board of directors and its newly formed advisory board. The Boston chapter was formed through the collective effort of seasoned AEC professionals and will be further strengthened by the advisory board comprised of a diverse group of owner representatives from different AEC market sectors.

PWC Executive Leadership members are: Sarah McGillicuddy, President; Caroline Fitzgerald, PE, Vice President/President Elect; Ben Sawa, CPSM, PMP, Vice President; Rebecca Barlage, LEED AP BD+C, Treasurer; Jennifer Shelby, CPSM, Moderator; Sara Bryant, JD, Immediate Past President.

PWC Advisory Board members are: Luciana Burdi, Deputy Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Port Authority; Douglas Carney, Senior Vice- President, Real Estate, Facilities & Operations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Christine DePalma, Senior Project Manager, EMD Serono, Inc.; Nancy Hanright, Senior Director, Real Estate and Space Planning at Boston Medical Center (BMC) Health System; Michelle Landers, Executive Director at the Urban Land Institute Boston; Maureen McDonough, Deputy Chief of Contract Services at MBTA; Colleen McGinty, Assistant Vice President, Annual Capital Projects at Boston University; Andy Reinach, Senior Vice President, Design and Construction, Alexandria Real Estate; Nicole Richer, President and Founder, The Compliance Mentor Group; Steve Ng, Project Manager, Design, Related Beal; Tim Singleton, Associate Director of Construction, Wellesley College; Athené Sirivallop, Director Hub and Workplace Operations, MassBio; Catherine Walsh, Associate Director, Facilities Division, Northeastern University.

PWC’s mission is to ‘connect, promote and advance women in the AEC industry’ and actively engages women and men from AEC and affiliated firms. Owner representation ensures the organization will focus discussions and program content directly related to our current environment in a targeted and impactful way.

“I am honored to serve as the PWC Boston president and am looking forward to supporting the continued growth of our Boston chapter. This dedicated group of professionals is committed to our mission and their hard work is clearly seen in the caliber of high-quality programming and industry efforts,” said Sarah McGillicuddy, director of business development at BR+A Consulting Engineers and incoming PWC Boston chapter president. “2020 brought many challenges and it was vital to transition from in-person to fully virtual events. Our volunteers worked hard to continue to host interesting and engaging programs despite sweeping restrictions. Our next board of directors and advisory board will continue to play a an important role in this virtual transition and will work diligently to expand chapter membership and enhance member benefits. I want to specifically thank Past-President Sara Bryant for her leadership throughout the past year and her ability to pivot during difficult times. I’d also like to recognize the past board and welcome our incoming board and advisory board members. We look forward to 2020-2021 and thank our members and supporters for their interest in our organization”

Currently well into planning for the 2020 -2021 season, PWC Boston is actively seeking members, as well as individuals to join one of the chapter’s five committees. For more information, please visit:

PWC Boston is the newest chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that seeks to support, advance, and connect women and promote diversity within the architecture, engineering, construction, (AEC) and related industries. PWC’s members represent a broad spectrum of the industry that serves real estate owners, developers, facilities and property managers and public agencies. They include general construction and specialty contractors, architectural and engineering firms, environmental services, and suppliers.