Chairman of the Wiyot Tribe
Michelle Vassel (she/her) serves as Tribal Administrator of the Wiyot Tribe (Chief Executive Officer). She is responsible for planning, managing and directing the day-to-day operations of the Tribal government under the general supervision of the elected Tribal Council. She oversees all governmental programs and designs and implements tribal policies involving economic development, fiscal and social services, cultural and historical preservation and environmental programs. Michelle also serves on the Board of Director of Cooperation Humboldt and was the Assistant Director at Northern California Indian Development Council, where she was responsible for the planning, development, review and evaluation of community and economic development service needs, resources and programs. She also served as Executive Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Fortuna, CA.
Kali Akuno is co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, and served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus was supporting cooperative development, introducing eco-friendly and carbon reduction operations, and promoting human rights and international relations for the city. Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network and the Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) after Hurricane Katrina.
Kamau Franklin is the founder of Community Movement Builders a grassroots organization dedicated to creating sustainable Black communities through organizing and cooperative development. Kamau has been a dedicated community organizer for over twenty-five years, first in New York City and now based in the south. He has worked on various issues including police misconduct, community cop-watches, youth organizing, community development, liberation/freedom school programs for youth, electoral and policy campaigns.
Emily Kawano is co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which aims to use anchor institution purchases to create a network of worker-owned, inner-city cooperative businesses in Springfield, Massachusetts that will provide job training and entry-level jobs to unemployed and underemployed residents. Kawano also serves as coordinator xvi Contributors of the US Solidarity Economy Network. An economist by training, Kawano served as the director of the Center for Popular Economics from 2004 to 2013. Before that, she taught at Smith College, worked as the National Economic Justice Representative for the American Friends Service Committee and, in Northern Ireland, founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, NYC. He is the founder of Democracy at Work and host of their nationally syndicated show Economic Update. His latest book is The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself, which can be found along with his other books Understanding Socialism and Understanding Marxism at www.democracyatwork.info.
I’m Michelle Aguilar. As a Documentary Filmmaker, I am committed to social equality and fair representation of marginalized populations. I believe a documentary project directly reflects the relationship between the filmmaker and those being filmed, thus, my work explicitly represents the trust, commitment, and reverence I have established with those who share their story with me. I make my films with the intention of connecting people, alleviating ethnocentrism, and providing visual and narrative evidence to help people learn about the world in which we live, consequently sparking a reaction, probing questions and exploring the idea of social change. By harnessing the power of narrative visuals and technology, I am able to contribute to an art that provides an accessible and entertaining avenue for people to learn, grow, connect, and act. El Cacao, my recent documentary was nominated for an IDA award in 2015 and won awards at the Social Justice Film Festival and the DC Environmental Film Festival. I earned an M.A in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz and have produced numerous non-fiction multimedia projects in cultures and communities across the world. My work has screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Carmel International Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival, among others.
Helena Worthen got involved in her AFT local (CFT/AFT Peralta 1603) while teaching writing for at least seven different colleges or universities in the San Francisco Bay Area before getting a job at UNITE in Philadelphia, where she leaned about work in the private sector, the garment industry and globalization. From there she got hired at the Labor Education program at the University of Illinois where she and Joe Berry worked first in Chicago and then in Champaign. Along the way she taught for the National Labor College of thr AFL-CIO and published two novels and a prize-winning book about learning theory, called What Did You Learn At Work Today? She and Joe Berry taught labor relations in Viet Nam between 2015-2019 and are now living in Berkeley, CA.
Joe Berry is the author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education and co-author with Helena Worthen of Power Despite Precarity: Strategies for the Contingent Faculty Movement in Higher Education. He has been active in the major higher ed unions (AFT, NEA, AAUP, UAW, SEIU) as a member, elected leader, paid staffer, and labor educator. He taught, mostly in contingent appointments, labor education and history for over 30 years in a variety of institutions. He remains active in “retirement” in his own union, AFT 2121 at City College of San Francisco, as well as in Higher Ed Labor United, New Faculty Majority, and the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, for which he edits the free emailed news aggregator COCAL UPDATES, available from <email@example.com>.
César G. Abarca, Ph.D. I am a community organizer, scholar-activist, and urban farmer. I am Associate Professor and MSW Director in the Social Work Department at Cal Poly Humboldt. I am also the Humboldt Chapter’s Representative for California Faculty Association’s (CFA) Council on Racial & Social Justice. I have worked in many multilingual and multi-ethnic communities in rural, suburban, and urban settings in California, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. I am bilingual and bicultural. My research interests are social movements, community organizing, decolonizing social work, and immigrant communities.
Chris Cox is an educator and union activist with more than 20 years of experience teaching in public higher education in California. He has taught Sociology and Global Studies in community colleges in the South Bay area as well as in the CSU system. During his twenty-two years as a lecturer at San Jose State, he has won multiple awards for teaching and service, including SJSU’s Outstanding Lecturer of the Year award for 2017 and the Excellence in Service-Learning award for 2010. He has been an active member of the California Faculty Association for many years, and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Council of Racial and Social Justice, North.
From Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Dr. Michelle Ramos Pellicia is Associate Professor at California State University San Marcos. She is the co-founder of University without Borders, a collective that centers undocumented students and students with mixed-status families formulates, evaluates and recommends on university policies and procedures that would enhance the university programs. Ramos Pellicia is the California Faculty Association CSUSM E-Board Chapter President, as well as the Co-Chair of the California Faculty Association Chicanx/Latinx Statewide Caucus. Michelle is currently working with Dr. Sharon Elise on a book on race, culture and identity in Puerto Rico pre and post Hurricanes Irma and María, the 2019 and 2020 earthquakes, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. She is the co-author with Dr. Patricia Gubitosi of The Linguistic Landscape in the Spanish-speaking World in press with John Benjamins, the author of: Language Contact and Dialect Contact: Crossgenerational Phonological Variation in a Puerto Rican Community in the Midwest of the United States published in 2009 with VDM Verlag, and has published in Latino Studies, International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Confluencias, and Modern Language Journal.
Laura Johnson, PhD, RYT-500, TCYM, is a trauma-conscious yoga teacher and a geography and environmental studies lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt. She is the founder of A Restful Space, offering heart-centered restorative yoga in a post-capitalist context as well as her premiere online course, Yoga for Ecological Grief, an embodied invitation to honor, open to, and move through our collective pain for the world in these times. Laura is also a practitioner of the Work that Reconnects and a freelance writer with essays and poetry published in LionsRoar.com, Science and Nonduality (SAND), Tikkun, Resilience.org, and Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects. She lives on Wiyot land in Eureka, CA, with her husband and young daughter. Learn more and connect at http://www.laurabjohnson.com or http://www.arestfulspace.com.
Jessica Alvarez-Parfrey – With a background in community organizing, nonprofit fundraising, and environmental activism (formerly with Greenpeace USA), Jessica Alvarez Parfrey finds joy in seeking transformative opportunities for radical collaboration and community co-creation. Jessica is mother to a 6 year old powerhouse, founder and volunteer facilitator for the Eco Vista Transition Initiative, Fellow with Cooperation Santa Barbara, and currently serving as the President of the Isla Vista Community Development Corporation. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara , and is driven to nurture opportunities for meaningful dialogue, community-based strategy, and design informed by decolonized practice and methodologies. She currently operates as Programs Director for Transitions US.
Jerome Scott (U.S. Solidarity Economy Network) was a labor organizer in the auto plants of Detroit in the 1960s-70s, and a community organizer, popular educator and author in the South since the 1970s, was a founding member and former director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide in Atlanta, GA. He serves on the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, is active in Grassroots Global Justice and other organizations, including the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. He is author/co-author of numerous chapters and articles on race, class, movement building and the revolutionary process, and is a contributing editor to four popular education toolkits including The Roots of Terror and Today’s Globalization. He was co-recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2004 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.
Nicole Riggs is the founder of Manifesto Synergies, a consulting firm for brand strategies and experiential marketing in women-owned businesses. She is an Affiliate Researcher with the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy (CASP) and an Anchor with Cooperation Humboldt (CH). A student of philosophy and design thinking, she believes that community-driven research and cooperative action supports the exploration of alternatives for the distribution of power. Nicole’s personal hobby is to translate Tibetan texts and she has published two translations from the Tibetan. She considers herself multi-undisciplined. firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Barber is the owner operator of East Mill Creek Farms where he lives with his two kids and wife of 15 years, and the cofounder of Uplift Coop, California’s first cannabis agricultural cooperative. An admirer of crusty first generation of morally-unshakable, socially minded stoned sinsemilla growers of Humboldt County, he’s committed to our small rural community and its thriving success. He believes that when people work together cooperatively, society and ecology benefit.
Selena Rowan is a clinical herbalist, the CEO of Midnight Gardens, and a member of the CCEG. Midnight Gardens is a cannabis and medicinal herb farm in Southern Humboldt which holds deep reverence for soil health, biodiversity, water, and community. Selena’s clinical work is inspired by Ayurveda, bioregional western herbalism, and her years of service as a rural community herbalist She graduated from CalPoly Humboldt with a degree in Biology with a focus in Applied Botany, and aims to balance a scientific perspective with a commitment to embodied spirituality, reconnection to nature, mutual aid, and social justice.
Geoff Churchill is a farmer, firefighter, homesteader, and advocate for fairness.
Shawn Cherry is a second generation cultivator who owns & operates Cherry Valley Farms alongside his mother and brother. He also is a participant of the Cooperative Cannabis Economy Group and currently working with the Salmon Creek community in development of a cannabis based ag-coop.
Suren Moodliar is co-author of A People’s Guide to Greater Boston (University of California Press, forthcoming). He is both a coordinator of encuentro5, a movement-building space in downtown Boston, and managing editor of Socialism and Democracy, a journal of strategy. He coedited Noam Chomsky’s Internationalism or Extinction (2020).
Michael O’Neil has over fifteen years of political communications experience, with twelve of those spent with the Green Party in everything from street canvassing to national press relations. Michael served as staff on the 2010 New York gubernatorial campaign that won back ballot status for the Greens in that state for the first time since 2002. In the 2014 and 2018 gubernatorial campaigns he helped sustain their ballot status in the roles of Downstate Coordinator and Campaign Manager, respectively. In 2016, Michael was hired as the Assistant to the Campaign Manager of the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka campaign, co-managing the campaign’s Brooklyn, NY office and producing events and livestreams. Michael has served as Co-Chair of the Green Party of New York and has previously worked for the National Coalition Against Censorship and the radical performance community Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. He assisted the WGA-EAST with online communications during the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America Strike. He resides in Syracuse, NY.
Mel Figeroa is a political journalist, educator, and organizer involved in a wide range of movements for social & environmental justice. She is the co-founder of Chico Traditional Ecological Stewardship Program, Faculty/Owner and Researcher at the Cooperative New School for Urban Studies & Environmental Justice, 2016 Stein/Baraka Press Director, working with Intertribal Stewardship Workforce Initiative in Northern California, Green Party of California National Committee Delegate to GP-US, and the Green EcoSocialist Network interim Steering Committee member. She is an on-air correspondent for Free Speech TV’s “Rising Up With Sonali,” and has written for The Nation, Truthdig.com, Against the Current, Truthout, and New Politics.
David Cobb (he/him) is a “people’s lawyer” who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He believes we must provoke—and win—a peaceful revolution if we are to survive. David is the Co-Founder of Cooperation Humboldt and Co-Coordinator of the US Solidarity Economy Network. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the California Progressive Alliance, and is active with the California Public Banking Alliance. When he isn’t working to restructure society, he enjoys exploring Northern CA beaches and forests with Ruthi (his high school sweetheart) and Governor Peanut Butter (the best dog ever).
Margaret Kimberley is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report. She is a New York Green, a member of the State Committee, and an Interim Steering Committee member of the Green Eco-Socialist Network. Ms. Kimberley is the author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents and a contributor to the anthology In Defense of Julian Assange. Her work as an activist includes leadership roles in the Black Alliance for Peace and the United National Antiwar Coalition.
Peter Schwartzman, professor of Environmental Studies at Knox College, holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Virginia), a masters in Science and Studies (Virginia Tech) and a Bachelors in Physics (minor in Philosophy) at Harvey Mudd College. He is currently the Mayor of Galesburg (IL) where he served as a City Councilor from 2011-2021. Peter is a coauthor of the book, The Earth is Not For Sale (2019, World Scientific Press), and he co-founded two locally-focused non-profits in Galesburg. In his free time, he writes a blog (onehuman.org) and loves to play Scrabble, having been a participant in the U.S. National Scrabble Championship/Cup five times.
Stephanie McMillan is a lifelong resident of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her award-winning comics, editorial cartoons and illustrations have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide over the past several decades, plus numerous textbooks and grassroots protest leaflets. She’s also been involved in many social change efforts since the early 1980s, from clinic defense and support of labor struggles to initiatives against imperialism, police brutality, and ecocide. She is the creator of the perpetual desk calendar “365 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants” and the author of several books including “Capitalism Must Die.” Currently she creates artwork in various media, often with commentary, advocating for ending capitalism/imperialism through global working class-led revolution as an essential part of a potential path toward a thriving humanity and planet. StephanieMcMillan.org – Instagram & facebook: @steph.mcmillan
Shamako Noble is an artist, emcee, producer, organizer and technologist that hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. As an artist, he’s been writing and producing Hip Hop music since the age of 8 years old. As an organizer and educator, he began his career as a youth worker in Compton, CA where helped to oversee computer learning classes in 1993. He is a co-founder and former President/Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, is the former National Coordinator of US Social Forum and is currently the Coordinator of Culture, Media and Special Projects of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Over the course of his career, Shamako has held a variety of different organizing positions ranging from his work in Hip Hop Education as the Co-Director of Education for The Hip Hop Association to his work as a community organizer with Silicon Valley De-Bug. As an artist, Shamako has toured the country, performed with various luminaries such as Dead Prez, the Jacka, Talib Kwali, Zion-I and many more. He released his first album ‘The Return of the Coming of the Aftermath in 2004, and has released several projects since that time including his most recent album “Agape” produced by DJ Fall One. His most recent album explores themes of love, struggle and maturation in oft times unhealthy world. Shamako is married and is the father of twins from a previous relationship.
eli zalee is a non-linear artist, builder, & relational organizer living in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years. An incessant seeker & unwinding accomplice, eli aligns their beliefs & practices with decentralizing, affirmative, & ecocentric methodologies. Committed to transforming local infrastructure with equity, justice, & plural wellness, they received a master’s in Transformative Leadership with emphasis in Anthropology of Social Change from California Institute of Integral Studies. eli currently works as a Collaborative Consultant, where they bring inquiry, play, responsibility, & integral approaches to purposeful projects. Their recent volunteer engagements have included advocacy in: accessible healthcare, affordable housing, community arts, workers cooperatives, solidarity economy, & ecovillage development. eli aspires to join & complete UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence & Social Policy doctoral program focused on diversifying economic systems in the near future.
Debbie Notkin is an economic justice advocate, who believes passionately that economic reform is a cornerstone of racial justice and social progress. She has been active in the Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group and Strike Debt Bay Area. Between 1972 and 2011, most of her social activism was concentrated on body image and gender issues.
George Syrop is a community organizer born & raised in Hayward. George has served as a peer-counselor for the Berkeley Free Clinic, providing free mental health services to primarily low-income and/or unsheltered neighbors. Using the skills he developed through tech, he’s designed tools for social workers, progressive causes and candidates. During the George Floyd protests in 2020, George helped form and served as the founding Chair for the Hayward Community Coalition (HayCoCoa) which spurred a city-wide conversation around racial justice, public safety, and police spending.
Vivian Satterfield is a second-generation Chinese American, born and raised in Chicago. Since relocating to Portland, OR in 2008, she has worked in communities at the intersection of environmental, racial and economic justice, rooted in movement building principles and progressive values. Vivian is an organizer, policy shaper and coalition builder and the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Verde. Verde helped lead efforts to pass the groundbreaking 2018 ballot initiative establishing the Portland Clean Energy Fund.
Ra Criscitiello, Esq. is Deputy Director of Research at SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West in Oakland, California, a labor union of nearly 100,000 healthcare workers. SEIU-UHW members are frontline caregivers who aim to improve the healthcare system by providing quality care for all patients, expanding access to excellent, affordable healthcare for all Californians, and improving living standards for all workers. Ra’s work focuses on the intersection of organized labor and worker cooperatives, and she has built several innovative employment models that collectivize the employment status of unionized healthcare workers on scale. Ra’s work developing unionized cooperatives for healthcare workers demonstrates the possibility of a post-pandemic economic recovery that centers workers and allows flexibility without compromising traditional union values or worker control. As part of the Worker-Owned Recovery California Coalition, Ra is helping to lead substantial state legislation to provide new resources for worker ownership.
Ernesto Arce is an award-winning independent journalist from Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the news producer and Los Angeles Bureau Chief for KPFK, part of the national Pacifica Radio network. He has written for LA Weekly, Highlander Publications, Jazziz magazine, The Beat and others. Ernesto is currently working on a book which details the life stories of those honored in makeshift, roadside altars throughout the city. He grew up in La Puente, a working-class, Latino community in the East San Gabriel Valley where he still resides. He strives to follow the mantra: “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” and serves on the Steering Committee of the California Progressive Alliance.
Lisa Hubbard learned the value of solidarity growing up in a union family and has spent more than 30 years as a strategic campaigner, organizer and movement builder with low wage workers and communities of color across the U.S. She has led a combination of union and community organizing, politics, policy and communications at the national AFL-CIO, UFCW, SEIU, a state labor federation, local unions, and with the building trades. She finds her greatest joy in imagining and helping to create powerful communities of labor and community-based leaders working together for racial, climate, economic and gender justice.
Yvonne Yen Liu is the co-founder and research director at Solidarity Research Center. She is also the coordinator of the Municipalism Learning Series, which launches on May 1st 2022. She is based in Los Angeles, California. She is a practitioner of research justice with over 15 years of being a nerd for racial and social justice organizations. Yvonne served on the boards of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and Data Commons Cooperative, and the steering committee of the California Asset Building Coalition. She was the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Yvonne has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD.
Stephen Nachtigall (b. 1986, Calgary, Canada) is a visual artist working in Arcata, California and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art+Film at Cal Poly Humboldt. He has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, Scotland and Germany. He received a BFA in sculpture from the Alberta University of the Arts and an MFA in studio art from the University of Oregon. His artwork considers the ways human and non-human relationships occur through a mediated perspective. Utilizing mixed and multidisciplinary mediums which include hand-crafted and digital approaches, he also explores found, sourced, remixed or appropriated materials in an effort to explore the tenuous connections manifesting our lived experience.
Good Shield and 7th Generation Rise – Mignon Geli is a native San Franciscan (Mestiza:Waray, Ilongo, Spanish) currently living in the Sierra Foothills on Nisean land. She plays traditional and contemporary music on Native-style flutes and drums. She is a volunteer radio broadcaster on KFOK Community Radio, one of the organizers of the Global Indigenous People’s Village at California Worldfest, a traveling musician with the Buffalo Field Campaign. a member of The El Dorado County Indian Council, Inc., and is on the planning committee of Alcatraz Islands of all Tribes.
Lazara Ramos is a Grants Associate at California Trout, where she assists regional offices throughout the state of California in proposing conservation projects that affect fish, water, and people. Recently, she’s begun to look at how environmental non-profits can be better partners with Indigenous communities. Lazara has lived in the Bay Area for 10+ years but has family roots in Phoenix and the Navajo Nation.
Gabriella Roff, CalTrout Director of Institutional Giving, has spent the last decade developing programs and raising grant funds for CalTrout’s increasingly urgent work. Gabriella holds a Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, an Honor’s Degree in Critical Theory and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Psychology. Born and raised in South Africa, Gabriella’s long engagement in social justice activism started in the anti-apartheid youth resistance movement.
Nicola R Walters (she/her) is an organizer, researcher, public speaker, teacher, and artist. She completed an interdisciplinary master’s degree from Cal Poly Humboldt and specializes in the intersection of economics, politics, and activism in Northern California. Nicola has worked on environmental, social, political, and labor campaigns throughout her career. She currently serves on the California Faculty Association Board of Directors as the Membership & Organizing Chair, and is a founding member of Higher Ed Labor United. She is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at Cal Poly Humboldt and sculpts her career using Joel Olson’s guiding question: “What is the most damage I can do, given my biography, abilities, and commitments, to the racial order and rule of capital?”
Will Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Cal Poly Humboldt. He received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Economics and Social Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. His fields include Environmental/Ecological Economics and Post Keynesian Macroeconomics. Currently his research involves the relationship between production, growth and environmental sustainability with an emphasis on developing cooperative economic institutions to help solve environmental problems.
Martha Dina Arguello is the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility – LA and has dedicated her career to the environmental justice movement. She is a member of the California Air Resources Board’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and has many years of experience with climate policy in the state.
Kamau Franklin is the founder of Community Movement Builders. He has been a community organizer for over thirty years, beginning in New York City and now based in Atlanta. Kamau has coordinated and led community cop-watch programs, liberation/freedom schools for youth, electoral and policy campaigns, large-scale community gardens, organizing collectives and alternatives to incarceration programs. He was an attorney for ten years in New York with his own practice in criminal, civil rights and transactional law. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children.
Michelle Eddleman-McCormick serves as General Manager and one of the employee-owners of The Marshfield Village Store in rural Vermont, which has been a mainstay in the town since it was built in 1868, serving coffee, sandwiches, and groceries. Michelle is a mother of two, and has been active in racial and social justice movements for several decades. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Cooperation Vermont.
Gary Hughes works as the Americas Program Coordinator with the international organization Biofuelwatch on a broad portfolio of issues in California and internationally, with a strong focus on Chile.
Thomas Joseph is a Hupa Tribal Member who is one of the founders of the community organization California Kitchen. Thomas works for the Indigenous Environmental Network, and in that role he traveled to Glasgow in November 2021 for the United Nations COP 26 global climate meetings.
Dr. Doreen Stabinsky is a professor of Global Environmental Politics at the College of the Atlantic, where she teaches classes on Climate Justice, Land and Climate, Biodiversity, and Climate Change Politics. From 1983-1986 she completed post-baccalaureate studies in Biology at Humboldt State University, and in 1996 she received her Ph.D from UC Davis.