Sacramento – Bakersfield business owner and philanthropist Robin Brassfield-Cooper was recognized Monday as Woman of the Year for the 14th Senate District. Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) helped recognize Brassfield-Cooper on the floor of the Senate during Monday’s Senate session, where other honorees from across the state were also recognized.
Brassfield-Cooper is the owner of Robin’s EnviroVac, a company that provides a wide range of environmental remediation and industrial maintenance services to companies and government agencies throughout California. Her company is a local, certified Woman-Owned Small Business serving oil and gas, agriculture, energy utility, construction, and industrial companies.
Brassfield-Cooper also founded the Kern County Oil Contractors Association (K-COCA), an organization that is dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities, and assistance to Kern County high school students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing higher academic learning after completing high school, and for those who have an interest in, or a connection to, the oil & gas, agriculture, construction, utility and energy industries.
“Robin is a role model not only to young women and girls, but to our entire community,” said Vidak. “Her entrepreneurial spirit and determination has helped her become a successful business owner who is regarded as one of the best in the industry across the state. In addition to her success as a business owner, she has continued to open doors for many others in the community. I am grateful for Robin’s commitment to Kern County and Bakersfield and I am honored to be able to recognize her for her incredible work.”
A veteran of the oil industry for over 45 years, Brassfield-Cooper was born and grew up in Bakersfield. After graduating from East Bakersfield High School, she worked for a variety of employers including Giumarra Farms, Fosters Freeze, KC Steakhouse, and Coastal Engineering. While at Coastal Engineering, Brassfield-Cooper spent 13 years sewing netting to cover oil sumps. She then transitioned into a job selling parts for pumping units and other oil industry products in addition to serving as a public relations representative for the company.
Brassfield-Cooper’s background, business success, and dedication to the Kern County community make her a role model to young women and girls in the Central Valley and across California.