top of page

The Redwood Coast Region is at a critical crossroads. The complex challenges of the last few years have forever changed how we operate and highlighted some of our most challenging issues throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, and adjacent Tribal lands. Alongside these challenges, we’ve also seen some new opportunities to grow and thrive that could have a lasting positive impact for generations to come. 

Reckoning with our current reality and taking steps towards a resilient future requires an interdependent, regional approach. The catalyst for transformation often starts with dynamic leaders who see the potential within their business, organization, or industry. For this reason, the Arcata Economic Development Corporation launched a regional leadership program in  2023. This program is now a part of the Redwood Coast Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce. Every year, this fellowship supports leaders who can help us build a strong economy while focusing on sustainability and equity. 

Leadership Redwood Coast centers on empowering diverse individuals throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, and adjacent Tribal lands with the tools, connections, and insight they need to effect equitable and innovative change. Through transformative leadership development, immersive experiences throughout our two counties, and ongoing conversations rooted in candor and optimism, participating leaders gain the tools, connections, and insight they need to effect equitable and innovative change throughout the Redwood Coast. 

This annual program guides a fellowship of 30 diverse leaders through leadership development training as well as in-person excursions throughout our two counties and adjacent tribal lands.  Throughout the five months, leaders will broaden their understanding of our region’s critical opportunities and complex challenges. 

Through this Regional Leadership Program, We Will:

  • Intentionally invite diverse perspectives to the table, broadening perspectives and facilitating the shift away from the mindset of “us versus them” and towards the understanding that “together, we can.” 

  • Offer immersive experiences that highlight the unique strengths, timely opportunities, and complex problems our region faces. 

  • Lean into hard conversations, holding space for both candor and optimism 

  • Broaden leaders' understanding of how policies, industry, and infrastructure impact our shared economy and quality of life. 

  • Foster practical leadership skills in dynamic individuals that amplify their impact and drive collective progress. 

  • Strengthen collaborative ties throughout our region that will have a lasting effect on individuals, communities, and our shared future. 

  • Invest in our region’s most valuable resource — our people — in ways that foster flourishing throughout the Redwood Coast region.

LRC Branding Swoop Design.png

This team of regional leaders helped inform the development and initial implementation of Leadership Redwood Coast. We are grateful for their wisdom and guidance.

Gregg Foster.jpeg

Gregg Foster

Keith Flamer.jpeg

Keith Flamer

President & Superintendent

College of the Redwoods

Kathy Moxon portrait2.jpg

Kathy Moxon

Julia Lerma Headshot

Julia Lerma

Director of Organizing

True North Organizing Network


Nick Bown Crawford

Executive Director

Humboldt Made

Ashley Taylor.png

Ashley Taylor

Director of Economic Development & Recreation

City of Crescent City

Susan Seaman

Susan Seaman

Advisory Board
bottom of page