The California Fire Foundation has a committed staff team that establishes and executes the strategic plan, policies and initiatives of the California Fire Foundation.
Rick Martinez has over forty years in public safety service. Rising through the ranks he served in nearly every fire operational and administrative position to include twelve years as fire chief. During his tenure as fire chief he guided the consolidation of multiple fire departments forming the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the seventh largest local fire department in the State of California and established the first local government wildland helicopter program in northern California. CLICK HERE to continue reading.
Kara Haynes is currently a Project Manager with the California Fire Foundation. Before joining the California Fire Foundation, Kara started out in Labor as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union- Local 1000 in Sacramento. As an organizer she implemented worksite campaigns and aimed at internal organizing, specifically in Education based state agencies. After organizing, Kara was promoted to Senior for Education and Development where she designed and implemented educational trainings for job stewards and rank and file statewide.
Kara holds her bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations from California State University, Sacramento. She began working with California Fire Foundation in April 2020. She was born and raised in Sacramento.
Joslyn Beile is currently a Program Manager for the California Fire Foundation. Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Joslyn was the Operations Director for Shareable, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Mountain View, California. She also worked as the Program Director and then Executive Director of Sacramento-based nonprofit, Camellia Network, that provided material and social support to youth aging out of the foster care system in the U.S.
Joslyn has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Management from San Francisco State University. She began working at the California Fire Foundation in September 2021.
Ruqayya Al-Attiyeh is currently an Administrative Assistant for the California Fire Foundation. Before joining the California Fire Foundation, Ruqayya was a Coalition and Community Engagement Specialist in the Tobacco Education Program at the Trinity County non-profit Human Response Network. There she worked with both youth and adults to educate locals and to engage the public in actively pursuing healthier lifestyle choices. She began working with the California Fire Foundation as an intern in June 2019.
Ruqayya has an associate’s degree in Multicultural Studies from Shasta College and also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.
Amy Howard is a part of the California Fire Foundation’s Philanthropic Services & Community Engagement Team. Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Amy served as Legislative Director for our founding organization, California Professional Firefighters, where she promoted an array of state legislative, budget, and regulatory initiatives. A certified grant writer who also assists in managing the Foundation’s various grant programs, Amy brings nearly three decades of experience working in and around California’s State Capitol, as well as a developed skill set that includes fund procurement, grant management, community outreach, advocacy, and strategic planning.
Amy is a California native who holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. She began working with the California Fire Foundation in January 2020.
With a background in nonprofit administration and operations, Sarah is a member of the Foundation’s Philanthropic and Community Giving Team, where she developed and currently manages various grantmaking initiatives. Sarah has contributed to the ongoing success of local, state, and national mission-focused nonprofits for over a decade, most recently for Asset Funders Network, a national Grantmaker membership organization focused on advancing equitable wealth building and economic mobility. And, for MomsRising, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to tackling the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families.
Sarah served as a Medic in the United States Army and, in 2015, was awarded the JPMorgan Chase Veterans Onward to Opportunity Scholarship. Her undergraduate studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies focused on gender justice, nonprofit management, and organizational policy development. Sarah began working with California Fire Foundation in 2018. She was born and raised in Sacramento.