Shirley Wang is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Plastpro Inc., a manufacturer of award-winning fiberglass doors. In 2005, Plastpro built the world’s first and largest state-of-the-art, fully automated, 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Ashtabula, Ohio. Under Mrs. Wang’s leadership, Plastpro was named “Most Innovative” and “Top 100 Manufacturer” by Window and Door magazine. In 2021, Construction Tech Review awarded Plastpro “Company of the Year” for being at the forefront of tackling customer challenges.
Prior to her career as an entrepreneur, Mrs. Wang held executive and sales positions at Citicorp and J. Walter Thompson Advertising. Recently, Mrs. Wang joined the Board of Directors of the publicly traded REIT, Douglas Emmett Inc.
In addition to Mrs. Wang’s professional efforts, she is a strong supporter of charitable and community activities. Through Plastpro, Mrs. Wang supports Habitat for Humanity and has provided fiberglass doors for the construction of 100 homes. The company has also donated three technology labs to the public schools of Ashtabula County, Ohio. Plastpro also established the Plastpro Family Education Endowment Fund at Glenbeigh Hospital which provides educational opportunities to families impacted by addiction.
Through the Walter and Shirley Wang Foundation, Mrs. Wang and her husband, Walter, were the first and major sponsors of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Becoming American: The Chinese Experience by Bill Moyers. This documentary on Chinese-American history examines immigration, citizenship and what it means to be American.
Additionally, Mrs. Wang and her husband were the initial sponsors for the China AIDS documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District, which won the 2007 Academy Award for short documentary. They also supported The Warriors of Qiugang, which was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award in the same category, and resulted in the Chinese government’s committing $30 million to clean up the toxic waste around the waterway where the film is set.
The Wangs are also lead supporters of anti-smoking and AIDS prevention initiatives in China that reach over 500 million people. In the fall of 2006, the Wangs received the China AIDS Initiative’s first award for their seed support.
Since 2008, the Wangs have funded six staff positions at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center which provides legal services to immigrant domestic-violence survivors. Over 300 cases have been resolved through these services, including the procurement of work permits and visas for abused women to help them gain freedom and independence from their abusers. Recently, the Wangs have funded the Walter and Shirley Wang Anti-Asian Hate Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.
Mrs. Wang is a member of Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese Americans that seeks to improve U.S.-China relations and enhance Chinese Americans to participate in all facets of U.S. society.
Mrs. Wang is a strong advocate of education and was on the board of Facing History and Ourselves which provides professional development services for 25,000 educators to teach moral responsibility, tolerance and social action to over 1.8 million students. Mrs. Wang was on the boards of the China Institute, a nonprofit institution that promotes a deeper understanding of China, and Outward Bound, where she helped build the New York City Outward Bound Center for inner-city youth.
In Los Angeles, Mrs. Wang served as the Chairwoman of the UCLA Foundation board and was on the UCLA Centennial Executive Campaign Committee which helped raise 5.49 billion, the most ambitious campaign for a public university. Together with her husband, she has funded scholarships for middle income students, chemistry and biochemistry students, graduate students, fellowships, and study abroad programs. The Wangs have also endowed a chair for Asian American Studies and a chair for Medicinal Discovery at UCLA. They also endowed a chair at the Los Angeles Cedar Sinai Medical Center for Pediatric Surgery to further research in pediatric surgery with a focus on helping underprivileged children. Mrs. Wang also sits on the Board of Trustees at Harvard Westlake and is the Co-Chair of their Trustees and Advancement Committee. The Wangs provided the lead donation for the renovation of the Harvard Westlake Humanities and Art Building which is now named Wang Hall.
In helping to build a better Los Angeles, Mrs. Wang and her husband have supported the Drug Enforcement Agency Foundation by bringing the DEA Museum to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The Wangs are trustees of the U.S. Olympic Committee and also serve as directors on the LA 2028 Olympic Board of Directors to bring the Olympics to Los Angeles. The Wangs donated $1 million to the Mayor’s LA Covid-19 Relief Fund to provide food and assistance to the low income and elderly during the pandemic.
Mrs. Wang supports St. Paul and St. Andrew Methodist Church and Redeemer’s Presbyterian Church in New York City, the 101 Christian Church in Taiwan, and Bel Air Church in Los Angeles.
In 2007, Mrs. Wang was honored by the Museum of Chinese Americans in New York, and in 2008, the Los Angeles Chinatown Public Safety Association. In 2010, Mrs. Wang received the Asian Pacific American Legal Center Public Service Award and in 2011 she received the Media Advocate Award from the Asian Business Association. In 2011, Mrs. Wang was a speaker at the ceremony and received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her contributions to America. In 2015, Mrs. Wang received China Institute Blue Cloud Award and in 2016, the Asia Society Visionary Award. In 2018, Mrs. Wang received the Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award. Most recently, Mrs. Wang was featured in CIO Views as one of the Most Admired Women Leaders in Business in 2022.
Mrs. Wang earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and received a B.A. from UCLA.