Who We Are

We are working to create an organizational and decision-making structure that is non-hierarchical as possible - one that allows everyone to 'get in where they fit in' and engage with us in a way that is meaningful to them.

We are a worker-directed nonprofit, and our board and staff collective work closely and with complementary power to steer the course of our work and our culture. (A worker-directed nonprofit is a nonprofit organization in which all workers have the power to influence the programs in which they work, the conditions of their workplace, their own career paths, and the direction of the organization as a whole.)

The leadership of Cooperation Humboldt is made up of our core team, staff collective, and our board of directors.

Our current board of directors is composed of the following individuals:

Caroline Griffith (she/her) is an omnivore of local activism currently serving as the Executive Director of the Northcoast Environmental Center. She is passionate about collaboration, and a true believer in small "d" democracy and the power of people. Although she gives her time to many local environmental and social issues, her long-term goal is a complete paradigm shift from our extractive culture of dominance to a collaborative culture of solidarity. She loves dirt, bicycles and books.

Kate Lancaster (she/her) recently retired as an associate professor from Humboldt State University, School of Business where she taught sustainable business and accounting at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Her BS, MS and PhD are in accounting, with an emphasis on environmental and social issues.  She worked with students on numerous projects that helped businesses and organizations explore and measure their sustainability (environmental, social, and economic) footprint. Kate is a Worker Owned Cooperative Business Advisor for Cooperation Humboldt and the North Coast Small Business Development Center, facilitates a CH Study Group, serves on the board for Zero Waste Humboldt, and teaches part-time at HSU.  She was actively involved in numerous HSU-related sustainability endeavors and served as a board member for the North Coast Cooperative. Kate is a small-scale permaculture gardener and herbalist, an avid and eclectic reader, and a life-long learner who enjoys long walks with her dogs in the Community Forest. An Arcata resident, Kate and her husband incorporate permaculture principles as stewards of their urban farm.  They share their life with two career-changed dogs from Guide Dogs of America, nearly 30 chickens and numerous beehives.

Tamara McFarland (she/her) grew up in Eureka and attended local schools from kindergarten through college. She and her husband are raising two children together in Eureka. Tamara is passionate about food justice, 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 years, Tamara has recently chosen to focus her time exclusively on social change work. She serves on Cooperation Humboldt’s Board of Directors as President, and also handles our bookkeeping and coordinates our Food Team.

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Leila Roberts (she/they) and her family arrived in Wiyot Tribal lands in 2015, hoping to deepen their belonging to this community for decades to come and learn where they could contribute. She has served as Director of the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since August 2016, growing services and impact with the region’s independently-owned small, local enterprises. Under her leadership the Center launched the Northern California region’s first formal SBDC-supported employee ownership conversion program, and proudly supported the launch and growth of Cooperation Humboldt’s Worker Owned Academy.

Leila’s commitment to Cooperation Humboldt’s mission and economic democracy work comes from a 25 year career growing strong community based organizations—from Philadelphia to D.C., Vermont to Bangladesh. She has also consulted and volunteered for groups and movements like the Climate Justice Alliance, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign, Centro del Pueblo, True North Organizing Network, EDGE Funders Alliance, and more. She currently also serves on the boards of the Move to Amend Coalition and the Crescent City / Del Norte Chamber of Commerce. She has a master’s degree in International Sustainable Development.

The Arab-American daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from North Africa and Britain, Leila has lived on the shores of three oceans and seas, two bays, and six rivers. She, her partner John Richmond, Publisher of the Times-Standard newspaper, and their pointy-eared wayits siswupt (black dog) Benicio del Perro, live in Raqlhirilh hulumou’lilh, Wolf’s Home (also called Humboldt Hill.)

Ron White (he/him) 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. He currently serves as Secretary of the Cooperation Humboldt board.

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Cooperation Humboldt is also fortunate to have the following individuals on staff:

Lorna Bryant (she/her), a Los Angeles native, has called Humboldt home since 2007. Her connection to the region began nearly 40 years ago as a freshman at Humboldt State University in 1986. She brings over 20 years of involvement with local, national and international non-profit organizations and is passionate about being a conduit to the community and its citizens. In her spare time, Lorna enjoys sharing her love for music as an event and club DJ. She can be found around town, looking up...as a novice birder.

Elisabeth (she/her) recently relocated to Humboldt County from Arizona. She has frequently visited and found inspiration in the beauty and magic of Humboldt County, and is delighted to join and contribute to this community.

As an experienced fundraising coordinator, Elisabeth has worked on a multitude of unique campaign projects of varying complexities. She has developed grassroots fundraising practices for an emergency shelter for families and corporate fundraising programs for a cultural institution. 

Her professional life has revolved around helping others through program and fund development in the nonprofit sector and caregiving for special populations. She embraces others. Elisabeth finds inspiration in nature, a reminder that what we have to offer is reciprocated. 

Morgan (he/they) works as a Cooperative Developer in the Worker Owned Humboldt project, doing business advising through Cooperation Humboldt's collaboration with the North Coast SBDC. He is also involved with organizational development for Cooperation Humboldt and is part of creating the new structures, policies, and processes that will allow Cooperation Humboldt to grow and develop. He is a Theater Teacher by Education; a Project Manager by Uninhibited Habit; a Father by Day; a Swede by Birth; a Nerdy, Queer, Anarchist by Nature; and a Warrior of Love by Choice. Four decades on this earth have taught him to Live life to the fullest with Love and Respect - and do not let Fear control you. Or in other words plan for the Worst - its going to happen - live for the Best.

Tobin McKee (they/them) is grant writer and Program Administrator at Cooperation Humboldt. Tobin is a founding member of Worker Owned Humboldt,  the Community Health Worker Collaborative,  the Cooperative Cannabis Economy Group,  and the Jardin Santuario community garden with Centro del Pueblo. Tobin is also 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.

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Sabrina Miller (she/her) 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.

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Argy (she/they) 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.

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Laura Muñoz (she/ella) is a bilingual dance and theater maker, educator, somatics practitioner, and community organizer. Laura loves serving in CUNA and is honored to be part of a grassroot effort to make the Valley West community's vision for itself a reality.
Laura Muñoz (ella/elle) es una creadora de danza y teatro bilingüe, educadora, practicante de somática y organizadora comunitaria. A Laura le encanta servir en CUNA y se siente honrada de ser parte de un movimiento de base para hacer realidad la visión de la comunidad del Norte de Arcata.

Eibar Romero (she/they) is a bilingual Humboldt native who grew up in the Valley West community of Arcata. She is super happy to be a member of CUNA and help make ideal decisions for her childhood community. She holds strong connections with businesses and Latinx residents in Valley West. She is currently a student at Cal Poly Humboldt majoring in Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. She hopes to tie lived experiences, connections and education in assisting the forgotten part of Arcata.

Eibar Romero (elle), es una nativa bilingüe de Humboldt que creció en la comunidad de Valley West en Arcata. Eibar está súper feliz de ser miembro de CUNA y ayudar a tomar decisiones ideales para la comunidad de su infancia. Elle tiene fuertes conexiones con los negocios y los residentes Latinx en Valley West. Actualmente es una estudiante en Cal Poly Humboldt que se especializa en Estudios Críticos de Raza, Género y Sexualidad con énfasis en Estudios Étnicos. Eibar espera vincular las experiencias vividas, las conexiones y la educación para ayudar a la parte olvidada de Arcata.

Kimberley White (she/her) is a CUNA Project Co-Coordinator as well as a consultant, a mother of a teenage daughter, and a proud Valley West resident. She received her master's degree in Sociology with an emphasis in affordable/cooperative housing from HSU. Her passion is serving her community. She also serves the City of Arcata as a planning commissioner.

Soy consultora, madre de una hija adolescente y orgullosa residente de Valley West. Recibí mi grado de maestría de HSU en Sociología con énfasis en vivienda asequible/cooperativa. Mi pasión es servir a mi comunidad.  Actualmente tengo el honor de servir en la Ciudad de Arcata como Delegada de Planificación.

Our Core Team rocks!

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)

Below are a few of our anchors:

Julie Artemov (she/her) is an artist studying fine art and relational aesthetics at Humboldt State University. She seeks to bring power back to the community of practicing artists and advocate for their needs. She hopes to do this by promoting a general sense of creativity in her community and shifting the perspective of who an artist is. With a background in photography, graphic design, and illustration, Julie uses her skills and experience to visually translate ideas in different project areas at Cooperation Humboldt.

Instagram: @shemovesart , website: artremedytheory.com

Rev. Molly Cate is a humanitarian teacher, speaker, writer and counselor. She facilitates study groups for Cooperation Humboldt and teaches courses championing the resilience of humanity in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program through Humboldt State University. She is spiritual leader of Unity of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Molly has a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute in Santa Rosa and one in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County and of Access Humboldt and has been a member of the Humboldt Interfaith Fellowship since 2017. Molly also runs her own editing/ proofreading business, Living Proof Editorial Services. Her website is www.thewisdombridge.com. Molly is an Anchor on the Education Team.

Cara Cordoni (she/her) transplanted herself and her two sons from San Francisco to Eureka in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received her coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute in 2011. She works as a Leadership and Relationship Coach supporting values-based entrepreneurs, radical start-up founders, eccentrics, revolutionaries, and courageous risk-takers: people who are determined to be their best selves - to make their own way and transform themselves and the world for the better. Cara is also an entrepreneur and writer. She is an anchor on the Cannabis Cooperative Economics Group, a project of Worker Owned Humboldt, formed specifically to support the development of a bioregional cannabis cooperative economy.

Hayley Connors-Keith (she/her) has a passion to foster awareness of the daily actions people can take to create a healthier and just world. She feels most animated when she is advocating for climate justice, teaching waste reduction, doing community outreach, and adventuring in the wondrous outdoors. Hayley holds a BA in Communication and a minor in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. At Cooperation Humboldt Hayley is on the Arts and Cultural team and has been a part of the planning committee for ADC. She is delighted to have helped create ADC’s first virtual art exhibit to coexist with the event. Hayley is also on the Steering Committee for 350 Humboldt and acts as the liaison between both groups.

Desiree Davenport (she, her) is a founding member of Cooperation Humboldt and primarily works on the Housing Program. She is part of the Eco-village Founders Circle and is working to develop several cooperative housing projects throughout the County. Desiree works full time as an Environmental Scientist for the State of California and has knowledge of local flora and fauna, ecological restoration techniques and local permitting requirements. Desiree also worked on several local campaigns and works with the North Coast People’s Alliance, Green Party of Humboldt County, the Green Eco-Socialist Network. In her free time, Desiree practices herbalism, permaculture gardening, and has extensive knowledge about the uses of local native plants and mushrooms.

Lark Doolan (he/him) immigrated to unceded Wiyot territory from the aboriginal homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone. Lark serves as the director of the nonprofit, Queer Humboldt, supports the transgender health program at Open Door Community Health Centers, and serves as the superintendent of Peninsula Union School District. Lark is passionate about building inclusive communities where diversity is valued.

Learn more about Queer Humboldt's intersectional liberation approach at: www.QueerHumboldt.org

Solomon Everta (he/him) is a multimedia artist living in the Raspberry House (built in 1898) in Jaroujiji (Eureka, California) with his two sons, a dog, and loving friends nearby.

Working in theater, historical research, woodblock prints, record-keeping, story creation, baked goods, and interview his work often defies categorization while crossing disciplines.

Solomon serves as Imaginal Facilitator at The Land Office of the Imaginal Services Bureaux and Radical Librarian for Cooperation Humboldt.

Sarah Peters Gonzalez is a person who loves moving, comedy, trees, neurodiversity, and her family. She has worked as a theatre-maker, administrator, and teacher. Right now she serves as a Regional Coach for Turnaround Arts: CA and as Teaching Artist with the Create Humboldt project. Before, Sarah experienced working as an instructor at Humboldt State University and performing and directing at theatres including The Arcata Playhouse, Dell’Arte, Well Arts Institute (OR), Milagro Theatre (OR), Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program (Los Angeles), and Bond Street Theater (New York/India). She’s in the process of co-founding a new organization called OpenArt. Sarah is on the Art & Culture Team.

Holly Hilgenberg (she/her) is an artist, writer and lover of nature, plants, herbalism, vintage clothing, print publications and thrifting. Being part of Cooperation Humboldt has been her favorite way to combine social change work, creativity and community building since she moved to Humboldt from Minneapolis 3 years ago.

Holly is active on both the Art & Culture and Food Teams.

Kylie Maxfield (she/her) is a multimedia artist who works with ceramics, illustration, jewelry & photography mediums. She is passionate about the arts, especially as a tool for healing, and making it accessible for everyone. Kylie is currently finishing up her last year at Humboldt State University studying to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a part of the Arts & Culture team & her goals after she graduates lies within the works of Cooperation Humboldt.

Kimiko McNeill moved to Manila 12 years ago and completely fell in love with Humboldt. Kimiko identifies as a healer and caregiver, and she works as an occupational therapist doing physical rehabilitation in an outpatient clinic. She sees her life’s purpose as serving others. She is committed to creating a haven of progressive values in Humboldt to protect the natural beauty of Humboldt and to support all of the unique populations that reside here. Kimiko identifies as multicultural, and this perspective makes her devoted to improving equity and inclusion for all people. Kimiko is an anchor on the food team, and she is elated to be a part of Cooperation Humboldt! Kimiko’s cannot wait to expand food sovereignty and access in Humboldt.

Amy Moffat is an administrator at Humboldt State University where she uses her skills in qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis to show whether programs do what they intended to do. She is also a mother, partner, artist, scholar, adventurer, science fiction enthusiast, and sister to all. Before moving to Humboldt County in 2019, Amy worked as a project director, evaluator, and independent consultant for community health and development initiatives, focusing on cultural understanding to facilitate social systems change. Her dissertation research was on women’s work, paid and unpaid emotional labor, and birth doulas. Amy holds a PhD in the social sciences (UC Merced), a MA in applied anthropology (University of Maryland), and a BA in anthropology, and economics and management (Beloit College). Amy is an Anchor on the Education Team.

Stephen Nachtigall (he/him) is a visual artist from Calgary, Canada working in Arcata, California and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Humboldt State University. He has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, Scotland and Germany. He received a BFA in sculpture from the Alberta University of the Arts and an MFA in studio art from the University of Oregon. His artwork considers the ways human and non-human relationships occur through a mediated perspective. Utilizing mixed and multidisciplinary mediums which include hand-crafted and digital approaches, he also explores found, sourced, remixed or appropriated materials in an effort to explore the tenuous connections manifesting our lived experience. Stephen is active on the Art & Culture team. Check out his artwork: http://stephennachtigall.com/

Zuzka Sabata (she/her) is a performer, teacher, and community organizer who has developed and led community-based projects in Humboldt County for 15 years. Currently she is partnering with filmmaker Michelle Hernandez (Wiyot) as Co-Artistic Directors of The Bartow Project, a multi-year partnership between Dell'Arte International and the Wiyot Tribe to create 4 short films and a radio program about artist Rick Bartow. She lives in Eureka, Ca. and Brno, Czech Republic. Zuzka is an anchor on the Art & Culture team.

Joann Taijala (she/her) is the Founder & Executive Director of Home Grown, a Humboldt County Host Home program. Home Grown is a nonprofit that provides housing and supportive services to young adults experiencing housing instability. Joann received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University. Joann spent 6 years living, volunteering, and working at a student family housing cooperative in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoyed the experience so much that she’s working with Cooperation Humboldt to try to bring affordable, cooperative housing options to Humboldt County.

Katy Warner is a digital printer, print maker and collage artist. She grew up in Sacramento, CA and decided to become an artist after receiving a hand-me-down laptop for her 14th birthday. She receiving her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from Mills College in 2013, and now works as a Cooperator at the Sanctuary in Arcata, CA. Katy is an Anchor on the Ecovillage Founders Circle.

Issac West is a Humboldt local passionate about the intersection between housing, business and food. Currently in the process of forming a worker owned, bicycle powered compost collection service (Full Cycle Compost) and a member of the ecovillage founders circle. He attends HSU studying land degradation in the context of establishing equitable food and climate security in rural areas. When he's not fearing the desertification apocalypse he is out shredding mountain bikes in the redwoods.