A Random Acts of Kindness story
May 19, 2021
Blake Inscore & Chris Howard
A Random Acts of Kindness story

Our speakers will share the story of the establishment of the Crescent City, California - Rikuzentakata, Japan sister city relationship that started with an inspirational random act of kindness.

CHRIS HOWARD is a native of northern California, graduating from the University of California at Davis where he studied veterinary medicine. In 1994 he began research of Pacific salmon and northern spotted owls in Del Norte County and developed the longest running life history data set on pacific salmon in the State. His passion for community interests and economic development landed him at the forefront of the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce he was recruited by Elk Valley Rancheria in 2009 as Director of Economic Development, Public Relations and Environmental Services where he served in various capacities to strengthen tribal sovereignty. He left Elk Valley in 2012 to work with family friends Blake and Stephanie Alexandre, where he focuses on strategic growth initiatives on the State’s largest organic, pasture-based dairy.

He was elected in 2014 as a Del Norte County Supervisor and was reelected in 2018. He has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Sister City Relationship between Crescent City, Del Norte County and Rikuzentakata, Japan. He has traveled to Rikuzentakata three times during the formation of this relationship.

Chris enjoys traveling with his wife Lisa of 25 years and their two sons, Bryce and Gabe.

BLAKE INSCORE grew up in Cornelius, Oregon. He served in the US Navy as a Naval Photographer. Following his service in the Navy, Blake spent eight years working in Special Education and then began a ministerial career to local congregations in 1983.  In 1988 Blake and his family moved to Phoenix, AZ where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Grand Canyon University. He has served congregations in Oregon, Arizona, and California for the last 37 years while also serving as a School Teacher, with emphases in World History and Journalism and has coached High School Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Track and Field.

In 2008 Blake and his wife moved to Crescent City, CA. He began his work with City government through his appointment to the City Planning Commission in 2010.  He was elected to the City Council 2014, reelected in 2018 and served as Mayor of Crescent City four consecutive years and as Mayor Pro Tem for two more. One of Blake’s proudest accomplishments has been working with Del Norte County in the development of a Sister City Agreement between Crescent City and Rikuzentakata, Japan. Blake has visited Rikuzentakata four times since the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Blake and his wife Lenea have been married for 37 years and have three adult children and 4 grandchildren.