Meet the GoHumCo Team

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    Scott Adair

    Director of Economic Development
    Phone: 707-445-7745

    Scott Adair is the Director of Economic Development for the County of Humboldt, California. Scott also presently serves as the Executive Director to Humboldt County’s Cannabis Micro Grant and Loan Advisory Committee. Scott is a former Planning Commissioner, Trainer, Business Owner, and Commercial Real Estate Agent. He also remains an active community volunteer.

    Scott possesses over eighteen (18) years of experience in real estate asset management and public/private economic development. Scott completed his basic economic development certification through BEDC (in partnership with Colorado State University) and he recently graduated from Oklahoma University's prestigious EDI (Economic Development Institute) program.

    Scott and his spouse live with their two dogs in a home overlooking the Eel River Valley. They enjoy spending their weekends tending to their orchard and tinkering in their workshop.


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    Kenneth Spain

    Executive Director, Headwaters Fund Board
    Phone: 707-445-7745
    Kenny serves as the appointed Executive Director to the Headwaters Fund Board. Kenny brings over 30 years of Economic Development experience to the team. Most recently, Kenny worked in Economic Development for Mendocino County and prior to that, the State of Washington. Kenny is a past recipient of the State of Washington Governor's Award for his contributions to economic development.

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    Ryan Heitz

    Economic Development Specialist
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    Ryan is a graduate from Humboldt State University with a degree in Business Administration and currently serves the County's Economic Development Department as an Economic Development Specialist. 

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    Allison Tans

    HC-WDB Acting Executive Director
    Phone: 707-445-7745

    Allison has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a Master of Social Work degree. She has been with the Economic Development Office and the Workforce Development Board as a Regional Organizer since 2017. Her previous employment with Humboldt County has included working for the Department of Health and Human Services in Public Health as the FIMR and CDR Coordinator/Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Analyst, and as a lead on the Public Health Accreditation Project. She also worked at Mental Health as an Analyst for AB109 and various behavioral health projects. Prior to that her experience was with private organizations. Allison has extensive experience preparing and administering grants in cooperation with many organizations and industry partners throughout the community. She currently serves on the Oral Health Leadership Team, the Education at Work Team and is Treasurer to the California Recycling Market Development Zone Board. She has earned certificates from the Cascadia Leadership Program, the National Institute of Corrections: Employee Retention, and the California Workforce Association: Boot Camp. In her free time, she loves landscape architecture and design, creating culinary masterpieces, working as a Master Food Preserver and spending time outside with her family.


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    Peggy Murphy

    Economic Development Specialist
    Phone: 707-599-0125

    Peggy Murphy joined the County's Economic Development Team as an Economic Development Specialist to provide oversight to Project Trellis. 

    Prior to working with the County, Peggy spent over 3 years as the manager of the North Coast Small Business Development Center where she helped all kinds of businesses pursue their goals. Peggy's primary focus was on art businesses and Ecommerce businesses. In addition to supporting businesses, Peggy was tasked with making sure office functions ran smoothly from both a financial and an operational perspective. Peggy’s work history also includes Google Maps, The University of Washington and MediCann. Additionally, she owned the Hat Rac Fine Art Gallery in Oakland, CA. Peggy brings to the Economic Development Department lessons learned from both the public and private sectors.

    In her free time, Peggy is a silversmith, a gardener, and is an active participant in her husband’s art career. She also loves to spend time with her family, dogs, chickens and bees.


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    Cara Owings

    Executive Director, HC-WDB
    Cara Sue Owings is an enrolled member of the federally-recognized Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. She is committed to community service through the realms of mental health advocacy, economic development and the promotion of arts and culture. Cara completed her Masters of Business Administration program in Strategic Sustainability at Humboldt State University in 2016. Cara also graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Native American Studies, minors in Sociology and Business Administration with Honors Cum Laude. Cara has over 12 years work experience in varying industries. Aside from her professional and educational background, Cara is a traditional Tolowa Basketweaver, home-based chef, crochet artist, and redwood hiker.

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    Brenna Fulks

    Economic Development Liaison
    Phone: 707-445-7745
    Much of Brenna's career has been fulfilling a passion - to revitalize, develop, and enhance districts and programs that communities can be proud of. Following her passion, Brenna has served in numerous capacities supporting economic development programs in Northern California and Oregon. Rejoining the economic development team, Brenna serves as extra help acting as the department's Economic Development Liaison through coordinating the Prosperity Network and supporting special projects. Prior to joining the County's Economic Development team, Brenna served as the Executive Director of the Klamath Falls Downtown Association and in economic development, marketing, and project consulting roles for the County of Humboldt, City of Eureka, and City of St. Helens. Brenna holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Mary and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Humboldt State University. Brenna is a self-proclaimed "compulsive Googler" and enjoys researching and learning new practices in economic development. When she's not working, she is likely either spending time with family or has her nose in a book, crime fiction being her genre of choice.

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    Dan Pambianco

    Economic Development Grants Specialist
    Phone: (707) 445-7745

    During a 25-year career at Humboldt State University, Dan served as Assistant Athletic Director, Communications Specialist, and Journalism Instructor. Following his tenure at HSU, Dan worked as Senior Grants Specialist for St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County, generating funding for a variety of medical initiatives, equipment, and community benefit initiatives.

    Dan graduated cum laude from Utah State University, earning B.A. degrees in Journalism and Photojournalism, with a Minor in Health Education. He relocated to Humboldt County in 1989 and volunteers in support of a variety of community outreach programs.