Economic & Workforce Development Committee

Co-Chairs: Jack Buckhorn | Sonu Chandi | Henry Hansel


  • CTE Foundation (Job Training)

    Kathy Goodacre, Executive Director

    Kathy Goodacre, Executive Director for the Career Technical Education Foundation, has over 20 years experience in business development, fundraising strategy and execution, and capacity-building for business and nonprofit organizations. She excels at creating and directing strategic fundraising efforts including capital campaigns, endowment campaigns, annual giving programs, and events.

  • La Luz Center

    Juan Hernandez, Executive Director

    Born and raised in the barrio of East Los Angeles, Juan is completely bilingual and bicultural. He is a counselor, coach, and a seasoned advocate for youth and community outreach. He earned a B.A. degree from UC Riverside, a Fellowship in Management Leadership from New York University, and an M.A. in Psychology and Organization Development from Sonoma State University. Juan served as Director of Educational Programs at the Calistoga Family Center, and, while in Calistoga, was elected to the board of the Napa Community Foundation and the Napa Valley Hispanic Network. Juan has been part of First 5 Commission, the Sonoma Sheriff’s Advisory Group, and Portrait of Sonoma County Leadership Team. He is currently part of the founding Latino Community Foundation Wine County Giving Circle. Juan’s wife Veronica is a high school Spanish teacher. His daughter is currently in pre-school.

  • Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce

    Peter Rumble, CEO

    Rumble’s work experience mostly consists of roles in government. He joined county government in 2007 as an analyst in the county administrator’s office and was promoted to director of health policy and planning in 2011. He was named deputy county administrator for the first time in 2013, then left government the following year to become CEO at California Clean Power, a Windsor company that helped cities and counties start their own renewable power programs.

    In 2014, Mr. Rumble was named one of the 40 leaders of the North Bay under age 40. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two children and is an avid cyclist and jiu-jitsu practitioner, recently winning a Northern California Championship.

  • Mendocino College Sustainable Technology Program

    Jennifer Riddell, Coordinator

    Jennifer Riddell is the coordinator for the Sustainable Construction and Energy Technology Program at Mendocino College. The program focuses on vocational training in the building trades, emphasizing best practice building techniques, energy efficiency, solar electric and thermal, and training students in fundamental skills like carpentry, plumbing and residential electric. The goal is for students leave prepared to work in the building trades, bringing with them fundamental skills and an understanding of new technologies that make them competitive in their fields.

    Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University, a B.S. in Botany from Humboldt State, and grew up pounding nails in Mendocino County in the spaces between her careers in ecology research and science policy. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on air quality and forest health, and her policy work involved multi-stakeholder efforts to redefine the standards for the $600 billion federal procurement.

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