Meet the Crew
Girls Build is a non-profit organization based in Portland, OR, inspiring curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building. We currently serve girls in western Oregon, from near the California border, all the way up to Portland.
Katie Hughes, Executive Director
Katie is passionate about girls exploring the world of building. From hammering to taking stuff apart, she wants girls to learn to be fearless. With 10 years of teaching building summer camps under her belt, this carpenter hopes every little girl gets to fall in love with swinging a hammer.
Angela Wright, Instructor
Angela is a finish carpenter who has the patience to teach the fine details. She loves the joy in a girl's eye when everything clicks for the first time. Angela is a woodworker who has spent 10 years building fine furniture as well as remodeling. In between, she finds time to do what she loves: teach her skills to girls who want to learn them.
Anjeanette Brown, Counselor
Anjeanette is nothing if not passionate about girls and women learning the trades. Once a laborer, she now works tirelessly to educate women about living wage careers in the trades, and teaching girls the fun and logic of considering a career in the building trades. She loves teaching girls at camp, "accidentally" joining in games and making camp incredibly fun.
Kaeli Casati, Instructor
Kaeli is a skilled carpenter and plumber. She has been mentoring, training, and coaching young people in various capacities since she was 14 years old. Kaeli has been teaching all ages and genders carpentry for the last 5 years. She loves the fierce look of joy and engagement that girls get in their eyes when they are given the opportunity and encouragement to build something with their own hands, and that is what Kaeli lives for!