Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
Connie Ashbrook is the Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentoring. She founded OTI in 1989 and served the organization as a volunteer until coming on staff in 1996.
Before her time with OTI, Ashbrook worked in the trades for seventeen years as a dump truck driver, carpenter apprentice and elevator constructor. She was the first woman in Oregon to become licensed as an elevator mechanic.
Ashbrook served on the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council for nine years, and is on the Federal Advisory Committee on Registered Apprenticeship. She is passionate about working to achieve gender, racial, economic and environmental justice.
Under her leadership, thousands of diverse women and girls have gained information about careers in the building, construction, mechanical, manufacturing and utility trades, and hundreds of women have moved into these high-wage, high-skilled trades careers.