Mike Gable is the founding Executive Director of Construction Junction, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit retailer promoting conservation by reusing building materials. Under Mike’s 20+ years of leadership, CJ has grown into a 2 million operation with 30 staff, including an award-winning job training program for Goodwill clients with disabilities and an innovative partnership with the Urban Design Build Studio to expose architecture students to working with reused materials. Construction Junction also launched Reuse Retail, an inventory tracking platform developed to fill a critical void in the reuse industry’s ability to manage donated building materials comprehensively.
Before leading Construction Junction, Mike managed an organic farm for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. He has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spreads the reuse message through participation on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, as a member of the Pittsburgh American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment, and as the current President of the Board of Directors of Build Reuse.
Mike continues to seek out innovations in technology to improve daily operations of reuse stores and new partnerships with job training nonprofits, makers, and artists working with at-risk youth to promote expanded opportunities to find new uses for used materials.