Kelly Kupcak is the Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen, a nonprofit founded in 1989 which is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentoring. Through her fundamental belief that economic equity and gender inclusion are critical to building strong women, strong families and strong communities, she works to deeply and authentically engage with Portland’s nonprofit community and Oregon Tradeswomen industry partners. In contributing her skills in strategic visioning, collaborative leadership, and outcomes-driven mission, she works with a dynamic and passionate team, committed Board of Directors and tremendously dedicated volunteers.
Prior to her tenure at Oregon Tradeswomen, she most recently served as the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment at Chicago Women in Trades, where she managed a highly competitive, multi-year U.S. Department of Labor regional grant-funded initiative and a U.S. Department of Labor contract, national in scope, to improve outcomes for women in nontraditional sectors through technical assistance to industry partners including employers, registered apprenticeship, workforce system, career technical system, and government entities.
Kelly has proudly served on a number of industry and social justice boards, coalitions, and advisory committees at the local, state and national level, including the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity, the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative, City of Portland Fair Contracting Forum, SafeBuild Alliance board member, and the Associated General Contractors Workforce Committee. She was a 2011 Progressive Leadership Fellow, 2009 National Women’s Law Center PLAN Fellow, 2008 Aspen Institute Construction Sector Community of Practice Fellow, and 2007 Case Western Reserve University Mandel Center for Neighborhood Leadership Development graduate.