Board of Directors
Adrian is Principal of Echelon Transportation Group, with over 16 years of experience in municipal and transportation engineering. His focus is on the planning and implementation of Complete Streets projects in Central and Northern California. His approach to implementing roadway projects is to find the balance to accommodate all modes of travel safely and efficiently. Adrian is chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Transit Oriented Development Advisory Council for the Sacramento District. For the past six years, Adrian has been teaching “Geometric Design for California” for the Technology Transfer Program at UC Berkeley. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Maria E. Sotero
California Public Utilities Commission
Maria Sotero, a sustainability professional skilled in the translation of technical concepts to plain language, joined the board in December 2012. A Sacramento native, she provides regulatory and policy support for energy research and climate change efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the state’s energy providers. Previously a communications specialist for energy research at the California Energy Commission, Maria has worked in the nonprofit sector doing policy work and in the private sector on environmental social marketing campaigns. She holds a Master in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning. She is passionate about helping bring walkability and its benefits to her hometown.
Nick Rabinowitsh is a staff attorney with the California Air Resources Board. Nick helps draft, implement, and enforce regulations relating to air quality and climate change. He also works with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues. In his previous job at Downey Brand LLP, Nick specialized in energy and land use law. He assisted energy project developers with obtaining permits and approvals. He also co-founded the Sacramento chapter of Young Professionals in Energy, an energy networking group. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, cycling, snowboarding, traveling, and working on his old car (don’t worry, he bikes or walks to work!).
Gilbert Associates, Inc.
Matt Krehe is a senior audit manager specializing in providing attestation services to nonprofit organizations. After working 3 years in San Jose for the international CPA firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Matt moved to Sacramento and joined Gilbert Associates. Since joining Gilbert Associates in 2008, Matt has spent the majority of his professional time serving nonprofit organizations. He serves a large and diverse group of them throughout Northern California. As an expert in nonprofit accounting, Matt provides technical training on accounting topics to a variety of nonprofit organizations through courses offered by Gilbert Associates and the Nonprofit Resource Center. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and has a master’s degree in accountancy from San Jose State University.
Since 1992 Ms. Zhang has been with the Snell Memorial Foundation working in the areas of Random Sample Testing, public relations, education, and special grant projects. As Director of Education, she develops educational materials and head injury prevention programs to increase public awareness of the risk of head injury and the effectiveness of helmets. Ms. Zhang finished her undergraduate studies in China and received Master’s degree at the University of Rochester in New York. Ms. Zhang has served as the President of the Snell Safety Education Center since 1996.
After a 34 year career with the State of California, Employment Development Department, ending with high level positions in the field of employment and unemployment insurance, Lavada served as volunteer State President for California AARP for three years and then was promoted to Volunteer Regional Director. Lavada was elected to the National Board of Directors of AARP in 2000 to serve a six year term, during which she served on numerous task forces and work groups and was elected vice chair of Membership and Programs, and Chair of the Insurance Trust that provided oversight to the many health offerings of AARP’s service providers. After her term on the national level ended in 2006, she resumed volunteering for AARP in the Sacramento area. As a result, Lavada became active in AARP’s livable communities efforts and joined WALKSacramento as a participant in the Complete Streets Coalition. This led to her current position on the WALKSacramento Board of Directors. Lavada feels that it is absolutely crucial that as a caring community, we devote adequate attention and resources to ensure safe and comfortable mobility options for people of all ages and abilities.
Managing Partner, Candela Partners
Anne Staines, who joined the board in July 2012, is a 30-year marketing professional who brings the knowledge and experience of a small business owner. As President of ProProse Social Marketing Solutions and Managing Partner of Candela Partners, she brings more than twelve years’ experience leading social marketing campaigns that contribute toward making California a healthier, safer and more environmentally sustainable place to live. She has particular expertise in transportation safety and environmental campaigns for public agencies and nonprofits, and is an expert in social media. Anne enjoys helping nonprofits achieve their public education and communication goals and strongly supports WALKSacramento’s vision.