Ginger Spencer has 19 years of local government experience and is currently the Director of the City of Phoenix Public Works Department. As the Public Works Director, Ginger is responsible for more than 1,000 employees and 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 responsible for the Solid Waste Services program, which includes residential garbage and recycling collection for 400,000 residents, management of the City’s landfills, transfer stations, and municipal recycling facilities, and education and outreach efforts. She also served as Deputy Public Works Director for the Administrative Services Division responsible for 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 degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Arizona State University. She is a member of the US 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. As a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) group, Ginger is leading the City’s efforts to build a circular economy by achieving a 40 percent diversion from the landfill by the year 2020 and zero waste by 2050. In 2013, she was named one of the top “40 Under 40” business leaders in Phoenix by The Phoenix Business Journal.