The team that makes it happen.
Kiara Reed is an all-around community warrior specializing in social change and community empowerment. A Nehemiah Emerging Leader Alum, Kiara has a strong leadership background and get-things-done attitude. Serving as a Board member for Slow Food Sacramento, The Black Artist Fund, and CleanStart, her commitment to the community is clearly visible. Kiara has spent the last 5 years serving Sacramento’s historic Oak Park Neighborhood in organizing a sustainable and equitable future for all. Through her work with Comstock’s Magazine and Uptown Studios, Kiara has built a large network of Sacramento movers and shakers. As an Oak Park resident and woman of color who has historically lived in disadvantaged communities, she understands firsthand what it’s like to not have health equity in the built environment. Kiara is committed to building more equitable communities through empowering and elevating marginalized voices through and social and environmental justice lens.
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 both a Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Molly brings 6 years of cross-sector project management experience to the team. Molly has a wide-ranging background in digital media marketing and community planning, enabling her to effectively communicate transportation and planning concepts in an approachable and compelling manner. She earned her B.S. in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech in 2013. Molly also serves as the Bike /Ped Chair for the Safe Kids Coalition Greater Sacramento, the Sacramento Valley APA California Young Planner Group (YPG) Chair, is the former statewide Young Planners Coordinator for APA California and serves as a steering committee member on the local Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals (APBP) Sacramento Chapter. Molly was recently named one of three “Emerging Planners of 2020” by APA California Sacramento Valley Section.
Alicia focuses on meaningfully engaging and empowering residents to participate in planning processes in order to develop solutions that work best for them. Alicia has a background in applying urban sustainability best practices across California, with a passion for active transportation and smart growth development in particular. She earned her BS in 2014 from UC Davis in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with an emphasis in transportation and energy.
Jordan brings four years of community engagement experience and an interdisciplinary background in planning to support a healthier, more active Sacramento. She primarily focuses on implementing community-based transportation projects and planning Safe Routes to Schools activities. She earned her B.A. in May 2020 from Pomona College in Environmental Analysis with a concentration in Sustainability and the Built Environment. Jordan’s favorite ways to get around are walking and longboarding.
Anne recently joined the WALKSacramento team as a program assistant. Anne most recently worked with Impact Sac Liberty Towers – Black Child Legacy Incubator over as a program manager completing intensive case management and consistent client engagement. Anne has a passion for community engagement and social justice. She is a recent graduate of Sacramento State with a Degree in Social Work and a desire to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health in the future. She is bilingual in Igbo/Yoruba and English.
Pristina is a Master of Public Health Student at the University of San Francisco, through which she has partnered with WALKSacramento to complete a year-long internship. Here, she will be supporting their Safe Routes projects and Design4Active Sacramento coalition initiatives, in addition to increasing awareness of active design funding opportunities. Through her work as a Program Assistant with California Youth Advocacy Network, she supports tobacco control efforts in California schools and colleges. After graduating, she hopes to continue her public health work in programs that redesign California neighborhoods with equity at its core.