Abigail Whittaker

Project Analyst

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Abigail R. Whittaker is a Butte County native and CSU Chico alumnus. She graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and minor in Economics, and has over ten years of experience in finance, agriculture, environmental consulting, project management and business operations from across the West Coast. After graduation, she worked as a Project Manager for the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County, where she advanced landscape restoration, regional resource stewardship and environmental education efforts. She went on to work for a socio-ecological research group at UC Santa Barbara, and then to conduct field research at the nexus of poverty, livelihoods and forest restoration in southeastern Africa. Abigail returned to Butte County to work on business development for an artisan agricultural enterprise, and joined the Center for Economic Development in 2018, where she is excited to invest her diverse experience and technical training in applied economic and geospatial research. Outside of work, she enjoys mountain biking, trail running and backpacking with her dog, snowboarding, gardening, and travel.

Luke Scholl

Project Coordinator

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Luke Scholl is originally from Davis, California and has lived in Chico for over ten years. He graduated with a B.A. in English Studies from CSU Chico in 2015, followed by an M.A. in Creative Writing in 2017. After graduating he worked for a local educational software startup before joining the Center for Economic Development in the spring of 2018. Outside of work he enjoys independent films and music, stand-up and improvised comedy, and writing genre fiction.

Kathy Larocco

Finance Manager

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Kathy joined the CED team in October, 2017, bringing years of administrative and accounting experience to the table. Originally from the Bay Area, she moved to Chico 13 years ago to pursue her undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico, earning a Bachelors in Health Science in 2009. After graduation she held a variety of administrative and accounting positions in the Bay Area and Chico, including at a pharmaceutical company, a Chico-based pool and spa company, and a local produce distributor. She has now planted her roots at CED, where she excels at keeping a wide variety of projects and administrative details on track. She enjoys the new things she’s learning here at CED and the great staff that she works with on a daily basis. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, taking weekend trips to Tahoe, camping, or visiting family in the Bay Area.