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.