Advancing the Success of Women in Commercial Real Estate
Amelia Palmer Hansen
Company: Glumac - A Tetra Tech Company
How did you first hear about CREW Portland?
My director in Seattle suggested I join and my cousin in Minneapolis suggested I attend the fireside chat where Allison Beddard spoke because my cousin had worked with Allison at Cushman and Wakefield.
What motivated you to join CREW Portland?
Networking, Business Development, Meet Inspiring People. I am grateful to work for a company who sponsored my membership dues.
How did you get here?
My undergraduate degree in Packaging from Michigan State University led me to designing packaging for Hewlett Packard. At HP I moved into Mechanical Design for ink jet printers and was fortunate to receive a fellowship from HP to complete my Master’s Degree in Mechanical Systems focusing on accessible design at the University of Texas at Austin. I returned to HP as a Mechanical Designer and Manufacturing Engineer. After taking time away from the paid workforce to with my young children, I returned to HP as a contract test engineer. When my contract completed, I spent time helping my aging parents and then made a career pivot to Strategic Energy Management where I learned about how buildings use energy at both Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette who owns all of their buildings, and Portland Community College who also has a large portfolio of buildings. While I was at PCC, with help from the Energy Trust of Oregon, I received my Building Operators Certification Level 1 from the BOC at Lane Community College. My Mechanical controls experience and work in SEM prepared me for my current position as a building Commissioning Agent for Glumac.
Tell us something we didn't know about you?
I was born in London, England. This experience and other chances to live overseas formed my world view about the importance of inclusion from a young age.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Gregarious, educated, curious
Favorite Travel Destination?
da U.P. (Michigan's Upper Peninsula)
What is one goal you would like to achieve through CREW?
Meet people interested in creating net zero energy buildings.