Who We Are

Professional Women In Construction

New York is the founding and national chapter of PWC. It was established in 1980 by 8 women who decided that if they banded together, they could support each other in advancing their careers and businesses. This vision is at the core of what we do.

Men are welcome and key to what we do because we know, together we are better.

Our Members

Our members represent a broad spectrum of the construction industry. Membership is open to professional women and men, private companies and public agencies in construction and allied industries.

  • CM/GC — 20%
  • Professional Services — 22%
  • Engineer — 12%
  • Subcontractor — 11%
  • Vendor Supplier Distributor Manufacturer — 10%
  • Architect — 10%
  • Owners and Developers — 10%
  • Owner Representatives — 3%
  • Public Agencies and Associations — 2%
Our History

1980

New York City

PWC launches in New York City

2005

Connecticut

First chapter opens in Connecticut

2007

New Jersey

Second chapter opens in New Jersey

Leadership

President, PWC Board of Directors

Melinda Johnson, PE, LEED AP, MBA

Executive Vice President of Building Technologies, NV5

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Secretary, PWC Board of Directors

Schillivia Baptiste, PE

CEO, Laland Baptiste

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Secretary, PWC Board of Directors

Rosemary Bates

Director of Design & Construction, Rockefeller Group

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Treasurer, PWC Board of Directors

Áine O'Dwyer, PE

CEO, Enovate Engineering

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Director, PWC Board of Directors

Amy Beckman, AIA, LEED, AP

Principal, HOK

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Director, PWC Board of Directors

Nicole Dosso, FAIA, Leed AP BD+C

VP of Design & Construction, Vornado Realty Trust

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Director, PWC Board of Directors

Jenny Freeman

Managing Director of Buildings, Group PMX

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Director, PWC Board of Directors

Katie Nilsen

Development & Strategy, E-J Electric Installation Company

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Vice President, PWC Board of Directors

Nicole Woolard, Esq.

Director, Assistant General Counsel, AECOM

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Director

Regina Rivera

New York Chapter

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Melinda Johnson

President, PWC Board of Directors

Melinda Johnson is Executive Vice President of Building Technologies at NV5. She leads a team of engineers, construction and program managers, commissioning authorities, and technology design professionals who play a significant role in shaping the communities where they work through cost-effective and sustainable projects. As leader of her group, she has introduced innovative approaches to the design and commissioning of systems and technology in buildings, campuses, and facilities.

Melinda is passionate about working as a team towards a shared goal and spearheads efforts to develop collaborative opportunities to drive organic growth. She is committed to supporting and advancing women and minorities in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, and currently serves on the National Board of the Professional Women in Construction.

Throughout her 30-year career, Melinda has developed MEP teams in major US cities, including Philadelphia and Chicago, and worked extensively with high-profile clients, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Prior to joining NV5, she served as Vice President and Operations Manager for the Buildings & Facilities Division at STV and Principal Engineer at Stantec.

Melinda is a registered Professional Engineer in six states and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance.

Schillivia Baptiste

Secretary, PWC Board of Directors

Schillivia Baptiste brings her detailed-oriented approach to everyday practices to ensure client satisfaction with the highest quality. She has more than 15 years of experience in the civil engineering industry. She has particular expertise in site and land development. She has a strong understanding of the civil design process and has worked with clients in both the public and private sectors. Mrs. Baptiste’s expertise includes conceptual site planning, drainage design, design of septic and sewer collection systems, environmental review, zoning and land use analysis, and subdivision planning and design. She also has designed waterfront structures, including bulkheads and docks. She is familiar with the expediting of applications and permits for various municipalities. She has worked on numerous residential and commercial projects in the Suffolk and Nassau County areas. Mrs. Baptiste is a New York and New Jersey licensed professional engineer. She has a bachelor’s degree from Polytechnic University and a master’s degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Rosemary Bates

Secretary, PWC Board of Directors

Rosemary Bates is Director of Design & Construction for commercial projects at Rockefeller Group, a leading developer, owner and operator. As director, she execute on a variety of projects and volumes. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Group, Rosemary worked for Turner Construction and spent most of her time in the field in the capacity of a Project Manager, Superintendent and Project Engineer. During her time at Barnard, Rosemary majored in Architecture (BC’04).

She is an active member of ACE and Professional Women in Construction where she focuses on mentoring young women within in the industry, as well as teaching and encouraging young women to pursue majors in Architecture, Construction and Engineering for an ultimate career in the industry.

Áine O’Dwyer

Treasurer, PWC Board of Directors

Áine (pronounced ‘On-Ya’) has held a succession of progressive leadership roles beginning as a Field Engineer and moving on to Project Manager, Chief Engineer, Vice President, and CEO of the engineering arm of a large privately held construction firm. In December 2017, Áine took ownership of the company and leads Enovate Engineering as its CEO. With a reputation for expertly addressing clients’ needs drawing on over 14 years of multinational experience delivering top quality engineering and construction solutions to her clients, she remains actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.

With experience in airports, superfund sites, bridges, roadways, ports and ecological preserves, ranging up to $2.5B in size, her knowledge is well-rounded and performance stellar – continuously running projects safely and finishing both under budget and/or ahead of schedule. She has directly overseen and managed multiple successful value engineering scopes saving in excess of $10M for her clients.

She is a licensed Professional Engineer in eight states and the recipient of both an ENR National 2018 Top 20 under 40 award and Engineering News Record (ENR) New York 2018 Top Young Professionals, NJBIZ Best Women in Business 2019 as well as Building Design + Construction, Class of 2018 40 under 40.

Hailing from her native Ireland, Áine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from NJIT and a Master’s in Civil Engineering, also from NJIT. Whilst at NJIT, Áine played Division I basketball for 4 years and soccer for 2 years, actively involved in sports throughout all 5 of her years at NJIT. She sits on the Industry Advisory Board of the NJIT Civil Engineering Department and remains actively involved with the Albert Dorman’s Honor College mentorship and STEAM programs. She and her wife Jenna, who works in the movie industry, currently reside in Jersey City, NJ where they are actively involved in a number of local programs and initiatives.

Amy Beckman

Director, PWC Board of Directors

Amy Beckman is a Principal at HOK and an architect with 15 years of experience managing large project teams on the design, documentation, and construction phases of technically complex, high-profile design projects in New York City.

Amy Beckman currently manages a large multi-phased new construction healthcare project in New York City consisting of a new 500,000 SF Ambulatory Care Center, 250,000 SF Women’s Hospital, and 20,000 SF Integrative Health Center for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a skilled collaborator and manager working with a variety of stakeholders within the institution and with Senior Leadership of the hospital. Her work spans commercial, governmental and healthcare projects in NYC.

Amy serves on one of HOK’s Diversity councils and is responsible for resource planning and staff development in HOK’s New York Office. Amy Beckman received her Master of Architecture and Certificate in American Urbanism from the University of Virginia.

Nicole Dosso

Director, PWC Board of Directors

Nicole Dosso, FAIA, Architect, Educator, Mentor. Nicole has spent her 25-year career working in New York City on complex projects demanding a high level of team coordination and collaboration that characterize her career as an architect and her portfolio of work. Projects include: 7 World Trade Center, One World Trade Center, Baccarat Hotel & Residences, Manhattan West and 35 Hudson Yards.

As Vice President – Design & Construction at Vornado Realty Trust, Nicole is involved in several projects in the Penn Station District, set to be the epicenter of New York City. Her current projects include the adaptive reuse of the civic Farley Post Office which is scheduled to open in early 2021. This building is being transformed into the Moynihan Train Hall, retail, and office space.

In 2012, Nicole was honored in the “40 under Forty” issue of Crain’s New York Business, and received an AIA Presidential Citation for contributions at the World Trade Center site. In January 2016, for recognition of her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture, Nicole was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.

Nicole is currently serving on the New York State Board for Architecture, New York City Department of Buildings Construction Code Revision Committee and the Advisory Board at Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Nicole is also an adjunct professor at Columbia GSAPP and Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Jenny Freeman

Director, PWC Board of Directors

Jenny Freeman, Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare at Hunter Roberts Construction Group, has more than 26 years experience as a construction professional in the New York Metropolitan Area, with a deep expertise in the healthcare and cultural markets. For the last 16 years, her work has primarily been concentrated in the healthcare sector, where she previously served as a vice president, project executive, and valued professional at several of the Northeast’s leading builders prior to joining Hunter Roberts. Jenny is known throughout the industry as a leading builder with expertise in pre-construction, planning, and construction of major modernization, renovation, and ground-up new construction projects. She is most proud of having built and developed a strong team of the industry’s top healthcare and life science builders and emphasizes their progressing leadership skills. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Mechanical Engineering Program and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York as well as a LEED AP.

Katie Nilsen

Director, PWC Board of Directors

Katie Nilsen is the Director of Development & Strategy at E-J Electric Installation Co., an electrical contracting firm established in 1899. As a member of E-J’s Management/Operating group, Katie is responsible for pursuing and creating strategic opportunities by analyzing market trends, cultivating partnerships, and enhancing collaboration among all team members from end users to engineers and general contractors. She focuses on design-build, innovation, and alternative project delivery methods companywide. This ranges from healthcare and commercial high-rise to transportation, infrastructure, and renewable energy, where she has deep roots in both the private and public sector.

Katie possesses an inherent passion for not only promoting diversity and supporting women within the A/E/C community, but for bringing together emerging and experienced professionals. She serves in various leadership roles including nationally for Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), and as co-chair for New York Building Congress Council of Industry Women and Nontraditional Employment for Women’s (NEW) Ambassador Council.  She has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and was named as one of PWC’s 20 under 40.

Nicole Woolard

Vice President, PWC Board of Directors

Nicole is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AECOM, a multinational firm delivering design, build, finance and operate services on public and private projects. She focuses on project risk in the Americas. Prior to joining AECOM, Nicole was at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP in New York, concentrating her practice in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation, representing owners, developers, non-profit institutions, contractors, construction managers, owner’s representatives and design professionals. Nicole has experience negotiating construction, design, vendor, access, easement and development agreements, as well as resolving and litigating disputes. She was named a Rising Star in construction by Super Lawyers for the past 6 years. Nicole was honored to be among PWC’s 2016 20 Under 40, and continues her involvement with PWC on the programming and membership committees.

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PWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980. Contributions are tax deductible.

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