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, 

Ryan Miller

Ryan MillerSenior Analyst

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Ryan G. Miller is a Chico native and CSU, Chico graduate who returned to Chico in 2014 to work and teach at CSUC. Ryan holds dual degrees in geography and economics from CSUC, as well as a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington in Seattle.  Ryan started his career at the CED as a student research assistant in 2011. As a student research assistant, Ryan worked on the broadband data mapping and analysis project housed at the CED at that time, which cultivated a deep interest in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to answer important economic questions. Ryan currently works at both the CED, and its sister organization, the Geographic Information Center (GIC), on a variety of projects that involve the intersection of spatial and economic data. At the CED, Ryan creates mapping content for the monthly newsletter, and provides mapping and technical support to the CED’s applied research projects.  Ryan also serves as adjunct faculty in CSUC’s Department of Geography and Planning, teaching such courses as Physical Geography, Geography of the American West, and Global Economic Geography.  In his spare time, Ryan likes to read, bike through Bidwell Park, and enjoy the bounty of the beautiful Sacramento Valley at local farmers markets.

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.

Jose T. Valdovinos

Project Analyst

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Jose T. Valdovinos is a Chico transplant of 12 years, originally from Galt, CA. He is a CSU, Chico alum, having graduated from the Political Science Department in 2009 in Legal Studies, where he was a Director of the Housing Law Department within the Community Legal Information Center. Jose also studied for his M.A. in Political Science at CSUC, where he was the first CSU graduate student awarded the Boren Fellowship grant. The grant allowed Jose to immerse and study Arabic language and culture in post-Arab Spring Cairo, Egypt in 2012. Upon his return to the states, Jose worked in a variety of areas including a group home for emotionally disturbed youth, as a Case Manager with the Butte County Department of Child Support Services and eventually in business development at where he managed their clearance and liquidation business. With his experience in both the public and private sectors, coupled with his experience in the agriculture industry, Jose is very much excited to work with the North State community to help develop new solutions for growth. When he is not working, Jose enjoys hands-on projects at home, cooking, gaming, playing with his cat, traveling and sharing stories with friends and family over a good, home cooked meal.