WALKSacramento is a nonprofit community organization guiding the region in developing safe, walkable communities that promote health, sustainability, and economic growth.
Sacramento communities that are designed to encourage and facilitate physical activity for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
Why We Do What We Do
Communities that support active transportation aren't just safer, but make for healthier, cleaner, more sustainable, and economically vibrant neighborhoods.
Kirin Kumar, Executive Director
Kirin Kumar is the Executive Director for WALKSacramento, focusing on the connections between health, community engagement, and planning. He has been instrumental in using smart land-use and transportation planning to assist decision makers in establishing more walkable communities that utilize active transportation to improve environmental and human health. Kirin’s work at the UC Davis MIND Institute, researching environmental factors that may be related to autism, was instrumental in connecting the strong relationship between the built environment and health - particularly as it pertains to land uses and transportation. Kirin is the Project Lead for Sacramento’s Plan4Health project – a national program of the American Planning Association and American Public Health Association. He works at the regional scale to grow awareness and advocacy for active design, safe and complete streets policies, and healthy communities. Kirin has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from UC Davis.
Chris Holm, project manager
Chris manages the Development Review program and assists staff with Safe Routes to School and other programs. He became an employee of WALKSacramento in 2007 following one year of consulting to the organization. Chris became interested in walkability and active design after moving to a new community and saw the vision for walking, biking and transit at risk. He enjoys walking for transportation, recreation, conversation and meditation. Chris has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
molly wagner, project coordinator
Molly supports community-led events and Safe Routes to School. Her interest in alternative transportation and health started at a young age as she witnessed great challenges and changes in her hometown related to the built environment. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and is pursuing a certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning at UC Davis Extension. She is also a member of the APA Sac Valley Young Planner's Group subcommittee and has been selected as a mentee for 2017/2018 PLAN Sac Valley program.
Alicia brown, project coordinator
Alicia’s work is primarily on community-based planning projects where she implements meaningful engagement activities to better understand travel needs and empower community residents to play a more active role in the civic process. Alicia also assists other staff at WALKSacramento on implementing Safe Routes to School and development review projects. She strongly believes in the power of change at the local scale and the importance of creating healthier more sustainable communities through built environment change.
Alicia’s background is in applying urban sustainability best practices around the State and has passion for transportation in particular. In her most recent role at the Local Government Commission, she facilitated cross-sector collaboration through energy and climate change coalitions and coordinated logistics for networking events, community workshops, and conferences across energy, climate, and community design projects. Alicia has also served as a fellow in the Bay Area Climate Corps program performing marketing and communications work with Amtrak’s Capital Corridor. She earned her BS in 2014 from UC Davis in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with an emphasis in transportation and energy, along with a minor in Japanese.
Emma Askea, project coordinator
Emma Askea is a Project Assistant supporting Safe Routes to School programs and other projects at the intersection of health and transportation. Her interests are in transportation planning and community outreach and engagement strategies that promote equity. Emma has been interested in public transportation from a very young age growing up in a rural community, and has always enjoyed using alternate forms of transportation. She has been involved in the transportation sector for three years as a bus driver and route supervisor for the student run university transit system at UC Davis, Unitrans. There she learned about the various benefits and challenges of successful public transportation and gained experience with community involvement and engagement. She is a recent UC Davis graduate with a major in English and a double minor in both Environmental Planning and History.