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Meet the Sacramento Fire Department and Community Foundation team!

Robert Ross
Chair, Board of Directors

Member since 2017.

Rob has been a member of the Sacramento Fire Department CERT program since 2008, serving as Rapid Deployment Team leader, CERT Instructor, Battalion Captain, Assistant Chief of Operations, and now Chief of Operations. Rob took on a support role with the Sacramento Fire Department and Community Foundation about almost 2 years ago, and recently began serving as Chair of the Board of Directors.

James Geary
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Bio coming soon.



Michelle Basurto

Bio coming soon.




Katherine O’Ray

Bio coming soon.






Rick Pixley
Board Member

After 33 years in telecommunications, Rick joined the Sacramento Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team in the fall of 2013. After basic training, he continued with the additional training offered by Sacramento CERT eventually becoming an Emergency Medical Responder. Rick also holds the B Shift Operations Chief position for Sacramento CERT.


Scott Williams
Board Member

Bio coming soon.



Chief Walt White
Board Member

Fire Chief Walt W. White was sworn in as Sacramento Fire Department’s 21st Fire Chief on July 2, 2014.

Chief White is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service Management from California State University, Sacramento and a Master of Science degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Chief White participated in Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and is a member of Cohort X.

Prior to his appointment to Fire Chief of the Sacramento Fire Department, Chief White held a variety of assignments, including Engine, Truck and Rescue Company Captain; Operational Battalion Chief; Academy Drill Instructor; Paramedic Internship Coordinator; Director of Training, Health and Safety; and Assistant Chief.

Chief White is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is also a past president of Sacramento Valley Fire Training Officers Association.

Chief White is an advocate for firefighter fitness and has competed annually in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge since 1992, earning titles as Open Division Regional Champion, Over 40 Division California State Champion and two-time National Champion in the Fire Chief Division.