Government Councillor Carmen Walker Späh

Carmen Walker Späh, Government Councillor

In 2015, Carmen Walker Späh was elected into the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich. In the 2019 elections, she was confirmed for another term. She has been Head of the Department for Economic Affairs since taking office.

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«With its activities, the Department for Economic Affairs contributes to people's wellbeing and the excellent quality of life in our canton. My staff at the Department and I are committed to a strong business location with good overall conditions for companies and employees alike. For the people living in our canton, we plan and organise the traffic on the tracks and the roads, in the sky, and on the water.»

Government Councillor Carmen Walker Späh


Party membership FDP The Liberals
Year of birth 1958

Professional career

Year Occupation
1983 Graduation from the University of Zurich with a degree in law
1983/1984 Intern at the District Court in Pfäffikon ZH 
1984/1985 Deputy at a law firm in the city of Zurich
1986-1988 Legal clerk, Building Appeal Commissions of the Canton of Zurich
1988-2000 Deputy Building Secretary / Head of the Building Inspection Office and Head of Legal Services, Building Department, City of Winterthur
1989 Admission to the bar
2000-2015          Independent lawyer in Zurich

Political career

Year Occupation
2000-2005 Member of the Constitutional Council
2002–2015 Member of the Cantonal Parliament – member of the Building and Planning Commission (2003–2015)
2010-2017 President of FDP.Die Liberalen Frauen Schweiz


Volkswirtschaftsdirektion - Regierungsrätin Carmen Walker Späh


+41 43 259 26 02

Assistentin Karin Schneider Heuberger

+41 43 259 51 47



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