Foundation Staff

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
Executive Director

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.


Sara Rogers
Senior Program Manager

Sara Rogers is currently a Senior Program Manager for the California Fire Foundation. Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Sara served as a Field Representative for State Senator Lois Wolk in California’s 3rd Senate District where she acted as a liaison to constituents through developing and maintaining relationships with community members, organizations, and businesses, as well as assisting constituents with issues related to state agencies. Sara also served as the Deputy Field Director for Dan Wolk’s State Assembly campaign, where she planned, organized and implemented field operations within California’s 4th Assembly District in addition to managing interns and volunteers to distribute the campaign message through direct voter contact.

Sara holds her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in addition to minors in Comparative Literature and Art History. She began working at the California Fire Foundation in January 2017. Sara was raised in Mount Shasta, California and moved to the Sacramento region in 2012.


Kara Haynes
Program Manager

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.


Ruqayya Al-Attiyeh
Administrative Assistant

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.