sachita shah

NAWIC Princeton chapter president Suchita Shah.

A nationwide association for women in construction is chartering its 389th chapter — in Princeton. The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) was founded in 1953 to support women in a male-dominated field. It now boasts chapters across the country, the newest of which will be celebrated in virtual and in-person ceremonies on Wednesday, May 12.

The in-person celebration takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Salt Creek Grille in Princeton Forrestal Village. The event includes a meet and greet with newly elected board members, networking, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Masks are required. People can also participate in the festivities virtually. Cost: $20; $15 for members. For virtual attendees, a minimum $5 donation is suggested. Visit www.princetonnawic.org.

At the chapter’s first organization meeting in March, rules and bylaws were set, and slates of officers and board members were selected. Going forward membership meetings will take place the second Wednesday of each month.

The officers elected are Suchita Shah, an architect with Kamlesh Shah Designs in Cranbury, president; Jessie Guo of Golden Crown Contractors in Trenton, president-elect; Michele George Callum of Construction Risk Partners in Branchburg, vice president; Lynn Katz of WillScot, recording secretary; Emily Clancy of Trenton-based Torcon Construction, corresponding secretary; and Jill Wicherski of Bancroft Construction in Princeton, treasurer.

The board of directors includes Erica Braxton of Plumbers Local 24 & Iron Workers Local 11; Victoria Airgood, an attorney with Hill Wallack LLP on Roszel Road; and AnnMarie Keane of Construction Risk Partners.

“Our Chapter is proud to be uniting such a diverse and energetic group of women across New Jersey through this initiative to trade experiences and networks, advocate for a healthy and successful professional life, and celebrate the remarkable work of women in the construction industry,” president Suchita Shah said. “We are thankful to our allies in the industry and in the NAWIC organization for supporting and amplifying these voices.”