Staff

Peter Owens

Senior Project Analyst

E-mail Address: pbowens@csuchico.edu

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 Whittaker

Project Analyst

E-mail Address: awhittaker1@csuchico.edu

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 closely with government partners, community organizations and agricultural producers 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 is mom to a rescued foxhound, and enjoys gardening, trail running, rowing, backpacking and travel..

Caitlin Kammerer

Project Analyst

E-mail Address: ctkammerer@csuchico.edu

Caitlin Kammerer is a North State native and CSU Chico alumnus. She graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in research methods, and has over fifteen years of experience in data collection, analysis and project management.  During her career she worked closely with under performing schools across the state collecting data and making data driven decision in order to improve school culture and relationships.  Caitlin has lived and worked in Chico for over twenty years, having grown up in the rural mountains near Lake Almanor, she has a personal and professional investment in the sustainable growth of the North State. Outside of work, she is a mom of two beautiful girls, a happy wife, and enjoys spending time outside, cooking, reading, and biking.

Kathy Larocco

Office Manager

E-mail Address: kylarocco@csuchico.edu

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.