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

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.

Kathy Larocco

Office Manager

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Kathy is originally from the Bay Area and moved to Chico 13 years ago to pursue her undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico. She graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science in 2009. Upon graduating, she’s held a variety of administrative/accounting positions from a pharmaceutical company in the Bay Area and eventually moved back to Chico to work for a local pool and spa company for her father-in-law, a local produce distributor and has now planted her roots as the Office Manager at CED since October 2017. 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 going on weekend trips visit family in the Bay, Tahoe or camping.