Dawn Morrow is the President of the Ironhouse Sanitary District Board of Directors.
Dawn and her husband Brad have been residents of Oakley for over 28 years. After retiring from 20 years as a Local 102 Millwright, Dawn went back to school and earned Certificates in Graphic Design and Digital Publishing from Los Medanos College.
Becoming a small business owner, working from home, permitted her to stay actively involved in the community. The Morrows have raised two daughters here and are deeply rooted in Oakley.
As an outspoken community advocate, Dawn was invited to attend the first Oakley Leadership Academy where she would learn from every department, how a city is run. The following year Dawn managed graphic design and social media for the Oakley Library (Measure K) Campaign, which gave her insight into politics.
Dawn now works as a District Representative for Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis. Among her areas of focus are the communities of Oakley and Antioch, Northern Waterfront Initiative, Veterans, Senior citizens, Health and Human Services, Mental Health, Housing, Homelessness, Animal Services, as well as other regional constituent issues. She attends various advisory body and community meetings to keep the Supervisor informed of current issues.
With her background in graphic design, Dawn also contributes to design and materials development. Responsible for outreach to District 3 constituents, she produces the Supervisor's weekly newsletter, and maintains the District 3 website and social media accounts.
Dawn has deep background in infrastructure and systems. As a Union Millwright she spent over 20 years building varied projects that serve communities and businesses in California and the West Coast.
Millwrights are experts in the installation and maintenance of all types and sizes of industrial equipment, machinery and instrumentation. It is a very technical field requiring a high degree of precision. Millwrights assemble and install pumps, compressors, conveyors, and generators, as well as robotics used in scientific, automotive, food processing, power generation and bulk material handling industries, often placing machines within thousands of an inch.
Dawn is a pioneer as the first woman to graduate from the Northern California Millwright Apprenticeship in 1983.
Her experience recruiting women and minorities to the Millwright Apprenticeship program informs her public outreach even today. Her leadership skills led to her positions of Foreman, General Foreman and Superintendent of Trades.
Major projects that Dawn participated in:
• Helms Creek, Wishon and Kerckhoff Hydro-electric Power Generation projects.
• PG&E Power Plants: Pittsburg, Moss Landing.
• Sewage treatment plants: Union City, Oakland, SF (new construction and rebuilds).
• San Francisco Cable Car System, Full Rebuild.
• Glass plants: Oakland, San Leandro, Tracy, Seattle.
• Bottling plants: Oakland, San Leandro, San Jose, Cordelia.
• Paper Mills: Santa Clara, Antioch, Fresno.
• Steel Mill: Pittsburg.
• E&J Gallo Wine Bottling Plant.
• Tomato Processing: Modesto.
• Biomass Cogeneration: Modesto.
• IBM (New Build, Seismics and robotics).
• General Motors to Nummi Fremont Plant (tear-out – new build).
• San Francisco Airport (people movers and carousels in new wing).
• FedEx at Oakland airport, New wing, (Lay-out thru completion).
• General Mills, (Elevators, screw conveyors).
• 5 Co-generation plants along Antioch/Pittsburg Hwy.
• Koch Carbon Pittsburg (Domes, Conveyors, Ship Arm).
• Oil Refineries: Chevron, Shell (New and Maintenance).
• Perky Pies, Svenhard's Bakeries (tear down, move, reinstallation).