Peter Owens

Senior Project Analyst

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Peter B. Owens is originally from the East Coast, having grown up in Syracuse, NY, and first moved to the Chico area in 2017. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. As Project Specialist, Peter assists in the design and implementation of a variety of CED research projects, produces written reports, maps, and other media, and supervises CED research assistants. Peter is passionate about issues of poverty and inequality, both historical and contemporary, and is excited to be working with the CED to help address the socioeconomic needs of North state communities. In his free time, Peter loves to hike and bike around Northern California, cook, read, and spend time with family.

Abigail Dan

Project Analyst

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Abigail R. Dan 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 California. After graduation, she worked closely with community organizations and agricultural producers as a Project Manager for the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County, where she advanced collaborative land management and resource stewardship efforts with the support of local stakeholders and government agencies. She went on to work for an innovative socio-ecological research group at UC Santa Barbara, and 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 trail running with her dog, gardening, cooking, backpacking, international travel and catching up on gritty British crime dramas.

Kathy Larocco

Office 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/accounting positions in the Bay Area and Chico, including a pharmaceutical company, Chico-based pool and spa company and local produce distributor. She has now planted her roots as the CED Office Manager 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, and taking weekend trips to Tahoe, camping or visiting family in the Bay Area.