Nathalia Mingo didn’t grow up in a construction family, but she gravitated toward the building profession in school and then discovered a construction management program at the University of Florida.
The Minnesota native and Chaska High School graduate enrolled in the program and proved to be a quick study. At age 19, just after her freshman year, Mingo landed an internship with a small general contractor in Florida and got some valuable hands-on experience.
She graduated from college in 2019 and joined Golden Valley-based Adolfson & Peterson Construction two years ago. An assistant project manager with A&P, Mingo has since contributed to a range of projects, including a major renovation and addition at Tartan High School in Oakdale.
In the following interview, Mingo discusses her career journey in a male-dominated profession. She also talks about her efforts to educate young women about opportunities to earn a living in construction, among other topics.
The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Q: How did you become interested in construction as a career?