Our core team members have met all of the following criteria:
- Completion of a study group cohort
- Active participation in at least one CH program/project
- Willingness to self-identify as a CH leader (this can and will look a bit different for each of us)
David Cobb is a "people's lawyer" who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He believes we must provoke—and win—a peaceful revolution if we are to survive.
David is the Co-Coordinator of the US Solidarity Economy Network, and serves on the Collaborative Design Council of Transition US. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the California Progressive Alliance, and is active with the California Public Banking Alliance.
When he isn’t working to restructure society, he enjoys exploring our local beaches and forests with Ruthi (his high school sweetheart) and Governor Peanut Butter (the best dog ever).
Tamara McFarland grew up in Humboldt County and attended local schools from kindergarten through college. She and her husband are raising two children together in Eureka. Tamara is passionate about food equity, local resilience, animal rights, and environmental protection. She is a graduate of the Cascadia Leadership training program.
In 2016, she was the lead organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Humboldt County. Following the 2016 elections, Tamara helped to co-found the North Coast People’s Alliance. After operating a small business for 14, Tamara has recently chosen to focus her time exclusively on social change work. She serves on Cooperation Humboldt’s Board of Directors as Treasurer, and also handles our bookkeeping and our Food Team.
Argy moved to Humboldt from Southern California to attend Humboldt State University in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science. She has worked with Indigenous communities involved with Environmental Justice & Food Sovereignty, Redwood Roots CSA Farm, Food for People food bank, and Jefferson Community Center’s SEEDs after school gardening program. She has been a backup manager for North Coast Growers’ Associations Farmers’ Market since 2012 and is the Garden and Food Resource Coordinator with Open Door Community Health Center’s Health & Wellness Gardens. Argy is currently on the North Coast Community Gardens Cooperative's Steering Committee, she helps with Food Not Bombs Eureka (Sundays 3pm at Clark & 3rd), and is working on bringing back the D.I.Y. Community Resource Center Tool Share with Cooperation Humboldt.
Ron White is the Humboldt Area Foundation’s Leadership Program Director, responsible for the development of the skills, knowledge and practice of civic and grassroots leadership. Currently, this work encompasses the Equity Alliance of the North Coast, which spreads the message of racial ; and coaching the organizing of Black and BIPOC justice spaces. He also staffs HAF’s Social Justice Donor Circle.
He is board chair of True North Organizing network, a Faith in Action affiliate in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and adjacent tribal lands. Faith in Action National Network (formerly PICO) puts race, the power of people, and social justice interfaith values, at the center of its community organizing model.
Ron has four decades of experience in social change philanthropy where he’s held positions at every level in the field of philanthropy from volunteer, to program officer to foundation executive director and trustee. Ron brings a strong knowledge of community organizing and community based economic development to every aspect of his professional work.
Ruthi Engelke is a mother, writer, artist, actress, teacher, culture worker and social change agent. She takes to heart the words of Toni Cade Bambara: “The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible.”
Ruthi is a retired public school teacher who has taught Theater, English, and Writing/Composition to students at the high school and college levels. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Ruthi also serves on the Board of Directors for Redwood Curtain Theater, and when she is not creating beautiful trouble she can often be found exploring the beaches and forests of the North Coast or digging in her organic garden.
Tobin McKee is grant writer and Program Administrator on the Care and Wellness Team at Cooperation Humboldt. Tobin co-operates Worker Owned Humboldt and is a business advisor at North Coast Small Business Development Center. Tobin is the Co-Director at Middleway Network, a project of the Ink People Center for the Arts, fostering the development of free wellness education and services for underserved populations, and a Core Member at Inner Resilience Network, a working group of Transition US, nurturing the personal and interpersonal resilience of the practitioners, facilitators, and activists who are creating positive change in the world.
Sabrina Miller has been working for the Redwood Community Action Agency’s Youth Service Bureau for several years and has recently taken a position at the Raven Project. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to engaging with and caring for people experiencing homelessness, Substance Use Disorder, and mental illness. She is trauma informed and sensitive to the needs of vulnerable populations. Sabrina is on staff at Cooperation Humboldt as a member of the Community Health Worker Collaborative Working Group and a program co-lead on the Disaster Response and Resilience Team. She has established strong relationships with the organizations within the CHW Collaborative and the communities they serve.
Oscar Mogollon works with our Community Health Worker Collaborative and Disaster Response and Community Resilience team. He is also an activity coordinator at Adult Day Health Care of Mad River. He has strong communication skills, and a diverse understanding of business and Psychological theory. He graduated from HSU in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and minors in Communication and Business administration. He is an open-minded individual, appropriately considering intersectionality within organizational relationships and community partners.