Staff Bios

★ Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is Director of Democracy Unlimited. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College. In January 2004 she graduated from the New College of CA where she received a BA degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community.

She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and former Fellow for Liberty Tree: Foundation for the Democratic Revolution.

In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.

In 2005 and 2006 Kaitlin served as campaign co-manager for Measure T and she was the spokesperson for that campaign.

When not working, Kaitlin can be found gardening or fixing up the Duck House. She lives with her dog, cats, ducks, chickens, beehives, and her roommate David.

Kaitlin can be reached at kaitlin (at) duhc (dot) org. Connect with Kaitlin on LinkedIn.

★ David Cobb was the Green Party nominee for President of the United States in 2004. He served as the General Counsel for the Green Party until declaring his candidacy in 2003. His entire legal career is dedicated to challenging illegitimate corporate power and to creating democracy. In 2002 he ran for state Attorney General in Texas on a platform to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that break the law and challenge corporate ability to manipulate the legal system at the expense of the people.

David is a volunteer member of the DUHC Steering Committee. He has worked intimately with the Program on Corporations, Law and Corporations, the Center for Voting and Democracy and ReclaimDemocracy.org.

David currently serves on the Sierra Club's national Corporate Accountability Committee and as a Fellow for Liberty Tree: Foundation for the Democratic Revolution. He is also a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Green Institute, and as a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy.

David also shoots a mean game of pool and is a barely competent juggler. He moved to Humboldt County in January 2003.

David can be reached at david (at) duhc (dot) org.


★ Paul Benson is Democracy Unlimited's Outreach and Administrative Coordinator. Paul came to the North Coast in 2005 from Los Angeles, where he worked as a libary assistant in a large international law firm, and owned and operated a company that provided filing and clerical services for law libraries.

When he arrived in Humboldt County, Paul founded the Folk Media Society, an effort to introduce a new and democratized paradigm for media. The aim of the proposal was to ease the stranglehold over mass communications held by the likes of Time-Warner, News Corporation, Disney, etc. by decentralizing the media system. The main strategy was to provide new business models and tech platforms with which independent media-makers could make a living on their own terms while reaching sizable audiences. The best-known project of the Folk Media Society was TV Humboldt, an online folk media TV channel just for Humboldt County.

Paul is currently enjoying his part-time work with Democracy Unlimited, and working in his off hours to relaunch a new incarnation of the Folk Media Society, and possibly TV Humboldt, when the time is right.

Paul can be reached at paul (at) duhc (dot) org.


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★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Teri Grunthaner, she can be reached at tgrunthaner (at) gmail (dot) com.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Meghan Murphy, she can be reached at megsmurph (at) gmail (dot) com.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Grant Skoglund, he can be reached at grantskoglund (at) yahoo (dot) com.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Megan Wade Antieau, she can be reached at megan.wade (at) gmail (dot) com.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Shannon Tracey, she can be reached at setracey (at) riseup (dot) net.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Jared Wilken, he can be reached at jrad333 (at) gmail (dot) com.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Hanna Clapsadle, she can be reached at hannapesha (at) riseup (dot) net.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Ryan Emenaker, he can be reached at jammeal (at) gmail (dot) com.

★ If you'd like to contact former staff member Paul Cienfuegos, he can be reached at paul (at) 100fires (dot) com.

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