Dr. Ginger Levin: 1948 – 2018


7 December 2018 – Florida, USA – Well known and widely respected project management author, mentor, scholar and teacher Dr. Ginger Levin passed away in Florida on November 15, 2018.  Dr. Levin was the author of many books, papers and presentations on various aspects of program and project management, delivered presentations and courses for PMI chapters, professional associations and organizations around the world, and was associated with universities in Australia, France, South Africa and the United States.

Dr. Ginger Levin was a senior consultant and educator in portfolio, program, and project management.  Her specialty areas included business development, maturity assessments, metrics, organizational change, program evaluation, portfolio management, knowledge management, and the Project Management Office. (photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

She was also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in its M.S. in Project Management program, and at the doctoral levels, she was an Adjunct Professor for SKEMA (formerly Esc Lille) in France and at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.  She taught online courses for the University of Texas at Dallas and other schools.

She was the second person in the world to receive the PgMP® credential from PMI.  As an OPM3 certified Professional, she has conducted over 25 assessments in the past three years using Product Suite.  She was a member of the Project Management Institute’s Registered Consulting Program and an active volunteer for the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dr. Levin’s 50-year career revolved around project management, beginning long before it was a recognized profession of choice.  She served as project manager for numerous efforts for Fortune 500 and public sector clients.  Representative clients included: MARTA, Medtronic, CHEP, Abbott Vascular, Beckman Coulter, EADS, TRW, UPS, Citibank, Cargill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), General Electric, The Timken Company, L3, BAE Systems, Sony Ericsson, Genentech, John Deere, New York City Transit Authority, Pearson Educational Measurement, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For General Electric, she assisted in project management support for major radar programs.  At the New York City Transit Authority, she conducted an evaluation of project management processes, conducted an organizational assessment of its Information Services Department and implemented a configuration management system.  At Citibank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she was responsible for project management assessments as these organizations worked to achieve Level 2 certification by the Software Engineering Institute.  For Citibank, she also supported software quality assurance efforts.

At the Department of Agriculture, she prepared a project management methodology and a handbook about this methodology for use throughout the National Finance Center.  She facilitated a two-day session of project managers on the methodology.  For the FDA, she was responsible, as project manager, for its national milk drug residue data base system (project under way since 1992), served as a mentor and executive coach, and conducted numerous facilitation and organizational development efforts.

As one of the first to be certified as an Assessor and Consultant in OPM3, she conducted over 25 assessments for organizations such as Cincinnati Bell Telephone Service in conjunction with its work for General Electric, for the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Abbott Vascular, and CHEP. As a volunteer, she contributed toward the development of the Project Management Institute’s Organizational Project Management Maturity Model as an industry standard.

To learn more about her many accomplishments and contributions to the project management field, click here.

To read the tribute to Dr. Levin by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, visit  https://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education-announcements/remembering-dr-ginger-levin

To offer a memorial or remembrance for Ginger, go to https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pompano-beach-fl/virginia-levin-8064175.

Dr. Levin was admired and respected throughout the project management world, where she befriended, mentored and supported many past, present and future leaders in the PM field.  She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

May you rest in peace, Dr. Ginger Levin!