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Sister Ziven Drake has been named Technical Coordinator in Charge of Recruitment and Retention by the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund. She has been focused on the recruiting and retention efforts within NASCTF by delivering informational sessions, as well as conducting interviews for potential apprenticeship candidates.
A member of Pile Drivers and Divers Local 56, Drake has been a member of Local 56’s Executive Board, as well as serving as a delegate to the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters.
Drake graduated from the apprenticeship program, earning the “Golden Hammer Award” as the outstanding apprentice in her craft. In 2019, she was awarded “Tradeswoman of the Year” by the Associated General Contractor’s Building Women in Construction Committee and continues to encourage women in careers throughout the trades.
In addition to working as a part-time instructor for the NASCTF, Drake previously worked as an assistant project manager, specializing in marine construction and deep foundation systems.
Prior to becoming a member of the UBC, Drake spent time as an F-16 mechanic with the United States Air Force. NASCTF Executive Director Tom Fischer said that Drake “has demonstrated excellence in the trade, attention to detail in construction supervision, and is a leader and mentor to apprentices and journeymen alike.”
In 2016, Drake was featured in a video by the union, in which she talked about how she came to the trade and the work done by commercial construction divers.