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Northern Coastal

Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity Counties

Northern Coastal Region Contacts

Who to contact for workforce training needs in the Northern Coastal region

Regional Consortia
Chair/Vice Chair
Regional TA Providers Community College CEO
Serving as Regional Liaison
Chair: Tessa Miley

Director: Blaine Smith

Centers of Excellence in Labor Market Research:
Aaron Wilcher
916.563.3233 |

Guided Pathways:
Kate Mahar,
Tim Morehouse,
Aimee Myers,

K-14 Pathways (formerly SB1070 Directors):
Tanya Meyer
530.283.0202 |

Other Statewide TA Providers
Doug Houston

Priority Sectors in the Northern Coastal Region

Industry sectors that are a priority focus in the region; these sectors have training program investments that are either in the start-up phase (e.g. enrolling clients) or are currently delivering training and/or other services to job seekers and employers

Sector Sector Navigator Deputy Sector Navigator
Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies
Nancy Gutierrez
Business & Entrepreneurship
Charles Eason
Angela Cordell
John Cordova
661.259.7800 x3074
562.505.4409 (cell) - preferred
Trudy L. Old

Julie Holt

Emergent Sectors in the Northern Coastal Region

Investments in training programs for these industry sectors are in the planning phase

Sector Sector Navigator Deputy Sector Navigator
Advanced Manufacturing
Gurminder Sangha
Twitter: @gurminder2014
John Schmidt
Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media
Stephen Wright
Wendy Porter

Other Sector Resources in the Northern Coastal Region

Sector Sector Navigator Deputy Sector Navigator
Advanced Transportation & Logistics
Jannet Malig
562.860.2451 x2912
Energy, Construction & Utilities
James Morante
Global Trade
Leah Goold-Haws
Life Sciences/Biotech
Terri Quenzer
Retail/Hospitality/Tourism 'Learn and Earn' Joy Hermsen
Josh Sweigert
530.541.4660 ext. 672

Regional Data Resources

Economic Indicators Economic Indicators Labor Market Research Labor Market Research

Sector Reports
For questions or to commission follow-on custom reports, please contact: Laura Coleman, Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Information, Email:

Salary Surfer

Workforce Development Board Contacts

County WDB/Website WDB Director
Humboldt Humboldt Workforce Development Board
Cindy Harrington
Mendocino Mendocino County Workforce Investment Board
Debra Donelson
Lake Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board
Bruce Wilson
Del Norte, Trinity Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NORTEC)
Michael Cross

Community College Resources

For workforce training needs at a specific college, you may want to contact the CEO (also known as President, Chancellor, or Superintendent) of the college. The Dean or Vice President of CTE/Workforce Development/Contract Education are additional titles that can be of help to you. If you cannot find a contact, consider emailing the Regional Consortia Chair above for assistance.

Other Resources & Contacts

The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office