Kara Kittrick is the inaugural President of 530Forward. She is a Redding native who, after graduating from UC Santa Barbara's prestigious College of Creative Studies, moved back to her hometown to work in media across a variety of formats. She has extensive experience with Cloud Potential/Cloud Wise Academy, she co-hosts shows on Radio Wasteland, and she is currently working with American Directions, a polling company, while doing freelance writing on Upwork and other platforms. She is particularly focused on LGBTQ issues and ending homelessness in the region. Her thoughtful, steady leadership is ideal for the mission of 530Forward.


Bryson Schreder comes from a family deeply rooted in the 530 region, and he is returning to his hometown of Redding after completing a B.Arch. degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He currently works as an Architectural Designer II at a prominent local firm. He is especially committed to sound, sustainable city and regional planning and responsible management of rural public spaces. His unique areas of knowledge and passion for the North State make him a perfect fit as the first Vice President of 530Forward.

Tom beeman, treasurer

Tom Beeman is the inaugural Treasurer of 530Forward. A fifth generation Reddingite, he is fully invested in the future of the region. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Computer Science: Game Design and Cognitive Science, and he currently works for Disney Interactive in Los Angeles as an Associate Game Designer. He is especially driven by his commitment to increasing local education funding and supporting thoughtful business growth. His attention to detail and versatility will serve him well.

mitchell nelson, secretary

Mitchell Nelson is the Founder and first Secretary of 530Forward. He grew up in Redding and he has a BA in Literature: Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. He has served as Communications Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, worked with BAYMEC, an LGBTQ political action committee based in the South Bay Area, and has experience in domestic violence prevention and home healthcare. He is particularly focused on civil rights issues and jail reform.  He is currently earning his J.D. at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in the accelerated 2-year SCALE program.