BAC represents an array of skilled workers who practice the crafts of bricklaying, plastering, tile setting, stone, marble and cement masonry, and terrazzo and mosaic work. These craftsmen also conduct pointing/cleaning/caulking, restoration and refractory work. Their designs can be seen on many buildings, homes stadiums, statutes and landmarks throughout the United States and Canada.
Produced in collaboration by Tradeswomen Inc. and the California State Building Trades
General carpenters provide the crucial foundation for concrete, exteriors, roofs, infrastructure, and scaffolding while also crafting fine trim and finish work. These professionals work with a variety of materials in every kind of structure; they are responsible for bringing blueprints to life. UBC carpenters are skilled in laying out, measuring, cutting, erecting, and joining materials together. They are highly trained to work quickly, accurately, and safely, while delivering the quality of work contractors and their customers have come to expect.
Produced in collaboration by Tradeswomen Inc. and the California State Building Trades
The Teamsters Union has several divisions, including a building material and construction trades Division. Members in this division are truck drivers who transport and haul material, merchandise, equipment or personnel between various locations-including construction sites, manufacturing plants, freight depots, warehouses and wholesale and retail facilities. They may also load and unload, make minor mechanical repairs and keep truck in good working order.
Meg Vasey was appointed as Executive Director of Tradeswomen, Inc. in fall, 2009. Meg has been a construction electrician for 37 years and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 302. In 1998, Meg put down her tools to attend Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, graduating and passing the California State Bar in 2001. While at Boalt and subsequenty, Meg worked with the East Bay Community Law Center and the Port of Oakland to assist in the development and implementation of the Port’s Project Labor Agreement with its ground-breaking social justice program. Meg worked with dynamic coalitions of local contractors, community groups, construction trade unions and agency staff to increase the participation of local residents and to promote sustainable job opportunities in the construction industry. During her tenure at Tradeswomen, Inc. Meg has tripled the annual budget and revitalized the organization’s programs. Meg also serves on the Board for the Cypress Mandela Training Center, a nationally recognized non-profit pre-apprenticeship training provider located in Oakland, California. As Executive Director of Tradeswomen, Inc. and as a woman who fed her family working with the tools, Meg remains committed to furthering women’s opportunities in the non-traditional trades.
Esther Polk, Administrative Manager, provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Program staff. She maintains the Tradeswomen, Inc., website, and assists in event and conference planning. Ms. Polk comes to Tradeswomen Inc. with more than 25 years of experience working in both the nonprofit and public sectors.
Salafai ‘Susie’ Suafa’i, Program Manager, has been an advocate for women in the trades since 1974 at Women in Apprenticeship in San Francisco where she served as Director from 1976 -1986. From 1988-1993 she served as Women’s Program Coordinator for the Century Freeway Project in Los Angeles and from 1997-2009 she worked on construction sector workforce initiatives across the country for the National Economic Development and Law Center. Susie joined Tradeswomen Inc. in 2012 as Program Manager.
Ester Sandoval is a Native of Chile, there she ran her first backyard clean-up crew with her 7 & 8 year old neighborhood friends. By the age of 9 she was running her own “handy” crew but it wasn’t until the age of 29 that she decided to pursuit her dreams, Carpentry. Ester is a Journey level Carpenter who has a passion for educating women in pursuing a career in construction. Ester loves riding her bike as well as tinkering with minor repairs, you will see her throughout the Bay Area cheerfully getting to places.
Jessica Fontenot, is the Program Coordinator with Tradeswomen, Inc where she facilitates community engagement, coordinating workforce development opportunities, Outreach, Recruitment, Advocacy and frame work for women working in the non-traditional trades and blue collar careers.
Jessica has more than a decade of experience in leveraging public private partnerships through Community Outreach, Implementation of Public Relations Strategies, Stakeholder Engagement, Labor and contract compliance support and strengthen relationships between the community and public/private agencies.
Via a model that fosters public private Partnerships, Jessica has dedicated her career to advocating for resources and opportunities to remove barriers to gainful, sustainable employment for the residents of Southeast sector of San Francisco with a strong focus on the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods and West Bay communities.
Salena Durrell, Central Valley Program Coordinator, joined Tradeswomen Inc. in June 2019 to cover the Fresno, Sacramento and Stockton areas. Originally from San Francisco has lived in Stockton for over 15 years where she attended Delta College. She got into the construction Trades in 2016 where she indentured as an apprentice with the Carpenters Local 152 and eventually the IUEC Local 8. In her time as an apprentice, she organized a successful meetup group event for Central Valley Tradeswomen, that was sponsored by the San Joaquin County Construction and Building Trades Council. She has always been an active member in her union, by attending meetings at her local and participating in city and state PLA hearings. In 2018 she testified in support of AB2358 that now is a law that prohibits harrasement and discrimination of apprentices. She works closely with apprenticeship coordinators as she continues her passion of outreach and solidarity. In her free time she loves to listen to 80s/90s music with her daughter and go fishing.
Sharon Golden is the internal and external communications project coordinator for TWI. She earned an AA in Labor Studies, and a certificate in Construction Project Management from Laney College, as well as a BA in American Studies with a focus on Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley. Coupled with her 18 years of campaign organization and social media campaigns, Sharon has both helped working families on the grassroots level, and help advocate policy advancements that families can feel.
Barbara Dees started her career in IBEW 595 in 1984. As a single mother and foster mom for the majority of her sons’ childhood, she has long understood the rewards of having a career as an electrician. After her sons became adults and started their careers in plumbing and the military, Barbara became a full time volunteer in her local. She was appointed to the 595 executive board in 2013, where she currently holds a position still. She chairs the Women’s Committee in Local 595, she is the President of the Northern California Electrical Workers Minority Caucus and is currently the Vice President of Tradeswomen Inc.
Since 2012, John Brauer has served California’s working men and women as the Workforce and Economic Development (WED) Program Director at the California Labor Federation. WED acts as a workforce intermediary on behalf of its 2,000 affiliated labor unions and 2 million workers throughout the state. For the past seven years, Mr. Brauer has served on the California Workforce Development Board and its Executive Committee. He has also served for 3 years as an appointee of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff to the Oakland Workforce Development Board. In addition, Mr. Brauer serves on the board of the California EDGE Coalition whose mission is to advance state policy and investments that create and sustain pathways into the middle class for all Californians, including individuals facing barriers to economic and social mobility. Mr. Brauer is part of a blended-household, with 6 children that make him proud every day for their contributions to making the world a better place.
Julina Bonilla has a rich background in workforce initiatives. As Director for the Department of Labor - Job Corps, she managed recruitment strategies for young adults in low income communities. She began her career in education as a school teacher and eventually moved into workforce development. Ms. Bonilla serves as the board president for the Peralta College District Board of Trustees and is the former Executive Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center, established by the City of Oakland Jobs Policy in 2013. Today, Ms. Bonilla is the Workforce Development Manager at the Port of Oakland.