Ginger Spencer Director of Public Works Department, City of Phoenix

Ginger Spencer has 19 years of local government experience. She is currently the director for the city of Phoenix Public Works department – a department with 1,000 employees. As Public Works director, Ginger manages all major programs and operations for Public Works, including administration, facilities management, fleet management and solid waste.  Previously, Ginger served as the assistant public works director and was responsible for managing the Solid Waste Services program, which includes residential garbage and recycling collection for 400,000 residents, management of the city’s landfills, transfer stations, municipal recycling facilities and education and outreach efforts. She also served as deputy public works director over the administrative services division and was responsible for the department’s human resources, fiscal, procurement, IT and environmental operations. She oversees a $245 million dollar operating budget and a $110 million dollar capital improvement program.  She has held various leadership positions and special assignments in the city, including having served as the second director of the city’s nationally recognized Family Advocacy Center, Arts and Culture administrator and special assistant to the city manager.

A native of Phoenix, Ginger holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Arizona State University.  She is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Municipal Waste Management Association, American Public Works Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Solid Waste Advisory Committee.  In 2013, she was named by The Phoenix Business Journal as one of the top “40 Under 40” business leaders in Phoenix.