Carmen Walker Späh studied law at the University of Zurich. From 2000 to 2015 she ran her own law firm specialising in public and private construction law. After 13 years as Cantonal councillor, Carmen Walker Späh has been a member of the Zurich cantonal government since 2015. As Director for Economic Affairs she is responsible for the political areas of economics and transportation. She represents the canton on the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zürich AG, is President of the ZVV Transport Council and of the foundation board of the Innovationspark Zürich foundation.