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 Southern Oregon, Portland, the Oregon coast, and Seattle.
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.
Ev Hu, Program Manager
Ev began her construction career as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity while working as a designer for The Oregonian. Eventually her volunteer passion became her full-time job, working as a site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. There she delighted volunteers with her wit, construction skills, and baking expertise. She joins Girls Build excited to work with the next generation and pass on her building passion.
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!