More Pathbreaking Roles for Women

March, 1991

Not only were women instrumental in saving Northgate and making it a model for tenant empowerment and low-income housing nationwide; women also played key roles in managing the complex as well as  leading the tenant association’s various incarnations. These roles offered women opportunities for leadership and career development that were rare at the time. Women also made up a significant part of the leadership and crews for the energy retrofit.  Northgate Housing, Inc. chose Wright & Morrissey contractors to manage the project, and partner Jeannie Morrissey brought a construction team that was 25% female. Amy Johnston led the construction management for the Northgate renovation.  The choice of contractor resulted from a public process rather than a private business decision alone, and the leadership and participation of women fostered a positive, family-friendly work environment – and changed the power balance on the project, making gender equality more of a norm than a curious aberration.

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