Shirley Wang Elected to Columbia’s Board of Trustees

Shirley Wang, the founder and CEO of Plastpro and a member of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees
Shirley Wang (Courtesy of the Trustees of Columbia University)

Shirley Wang ’93BUS, the founder and CEO of the Los Angeles–based building-materials company Plastpro, has been elected to Columbia’s Board of Trustees.

Wang, who earned her MBA at Columbia Business School, held executive and sales positions at Citicorp and J. Walter Thompson advertising before becoming an entrepreneur. In 1994, she founded Plastpro, which has won numerous awards for its streamlined manufacture of environmentally friendly fiberglass doors, door frames, and related products.

An active philanthropist, Wang has supported a wide array of housing, educational, and public-health organizations, through both her company and a foundation she runs with her husband, Walter. The Walter and Shirley Wang Foundation also funded the PBS documentary Becoming American: The Chinese Experience and sponsored the Academy Award–winning AIDS documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District. At Columbia, Wang and her husband are supporting the construction of the business school’s new home in Manhattanville.