Connie Ashbrook is the principal of Ashbrook Consulting, LLC, consulting on a variety of construction workforce, apprenticeship and career & technical education issues.
She retired after 21 years as Oregon Tradeswomen’s Executive Director in July 2017. She worked in the trades for 17 years as a dump truck driver, carpenter apprentice and elevator constructor before coming on staff with OTI in 1996. She was the first woman in Oregon to become licensed as an elevator mechanic. Connie served on the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council for nine years, is on the Federal Advisory Committee on Registered Apprenticeship and is co-chair of the Taskforce on Tradeswomen’s Issues. She is passionate about working to achieve gender, racial, economic and environmental justice. Under her leadership, thousands of diverse women and girls gained information about careers in the building, construction, mechanical, manufacturing and utility trades, and hundreds of women moved into high-wage, high-skilled trades careers.