About Us

Our Staff

Kirin Kumar

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.

Email: kkumar@walksacramento.org


Chris Holm

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.

Email: cholm@walksacramento.org

Molly Wagner

Molly is a Project Coordinator who 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.

Email: mwagner@walksacramento.org

Alicia Brown

Alicia is a project coordinator at WALKSacramento. 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, and prior to that worked closely with UC Davis staff on implementing energy conservation and waste reduction measures in office environments. 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.

Email: abrown@walksacramento.org


Newton has 5 years of extensive research in workplace wellness, with a concentration on mid-day office walks. His research has lead to groundbreaking scents, improved paw-tivity, and a highly developed palate for treats. When he’s not walking, he’s hanging around the office enjoying paw massages and long naps to prepare for the next great adventure.  

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Adrian Engel

Adrian Engel, PE, LEED AP

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

Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst
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.

Matt Krehe

Senior Manager
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.


Hong Zhang

Snell Safety Education Center

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.

Levada DeSalles

AARP Livable Communities Representative

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.

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Anne Staines

President, ProProse Social Marketing Solutions
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.