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 for a peaceful, just, sustainable and cooperative society if we are to survive.
David was born in rural Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college and Law School. He maintained a successful law practice in Houston for almost a decade before devoting himself to full-time social change efforts.
In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and forced a recount in Ohio that helped launch the Election Integrity movement.
In 2010 he co-founded Move To Amend, a campaign for a constitutional amendment to abolish the illegitimate, court-created doctrines of "corporate constitutional rights" and "money equals speech." In 2016 he served as the Campaign Manager for Jill Stein's presidential campaign.
In addition to his work at Cooperation Humboldt, he is a member of the North Coast People’s Alliance and serves as a Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation for a Democratic Revolution.
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.
She currently serves as Co-President of Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO), an international organization based on the work of Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire. PTO challenges oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education.
She is also a member of Synapsis, a collective of performers and artists interested in shaping the way we experience the world using aerial/ contemporary dance, physical theater, and acrobatics. Synapsis members work to bring new and experimental performance to Northern California, while cultivating work that is pertinent to a wider discourse about performance, art, and the nature of being.
Ruthi serves on the Board of Directors for Redwood Curtain Theater, which is dedicated to producing professional theatre of consistently extraordinary quality, creating a draw for the Arts Tourist to Humboldt County, and creating a home for theatre artists where they will be paid for their time and skills, and treated with respect.
Ruthi is a certified yoga instructor, 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.
Tamara McFarland grew up in Humboldt County, graduating from Eureka High School in 1994. Her husband Matt is a local firefighter who is also a Humboldt native, and they are raising two children together in Eureka.
Tamara owns and operates McFarland Designs, where she creates custom jewelry from recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones to create wearable works of art whose creation did not exploit workers or the environment.
Tamara helped to co-found the North Coast People’s Alliance, which advocates for economic, environmental, and social justice with a particular focus on local progressive electoral issues. (The NCPA is not aligned with any political party, and seeks to find common ground on issues that transcend partisan politics).
In early 2016, she was the lead organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Humboldt County, and went on to serve as campaign manager for Austin Allison's successful campaign for Eureka City Council. Tamara was awarded the 2016 Humboldt and Del Norte Counties Central Labor Council's Community Partner of the Year award in recognition of her work on those campaigns.
Tamara is passionate about food equity, local resilience, animal rights, and environmental protection, and has completed the Cascadia Leadership training program. She serves on the Cooperation Humboldt Board of Directors, as well as the NCPA steering committee and the US Solidarity Economy Network Board of Directors.
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 is in her seventh season as an assistant manager for North Coast Growers’ Associations Farmers’ Market 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 Manager, responsible for the
development of the skills, knowledge and practice of civic and grassroots leadership. Currently, this
work encompasses the Cascadia Leadership Program, which develops the next generation of civic and
nonprofit leadership; the Equity Alliance of the North Coast, which spreads the message of racial equity
using Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) and Government Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE) as
models and coaches; and True North Organizing network, a PICO affiliate in Humboldt and Del Norte
Counties and adjacent tribal lands. PICO puts race, the power of people, and faith, at the center of its
community organizing model.
Ron has an extensive background in social change philanthropy where he’s held positions at every level
in the field from program officer to executive director and trustee; and brings a strong knowledge of
community organizing and community based economic development.
Having participated in his first demonstration for fair hiring in Columbus, Georgia in 1963, Ron’s
commitment to racial justice has been an integral part of his professional and personal aspirations and
has led to service on the boards of the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward); PICO Organizing
Network, where he serves as board chair; and on the boards of Southern Partners Fund and Peppercorn
Foundation both of which use a racial equity lens as part of their grant making to promote progressive
Ron holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Dominican College of Racine, WI and an M.A. in the History and
Philosophy of Religions from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Ron has two adult children; and a wife,
who has supported, challenged, and help him grow spiritually and professionally, for over 45 years.