Rocky is a disability access consultant and is a Certified Accessibility Specialist (CASp #238). A past Chairperson, Burks served as a Governor appointed member to the California Commission on Disability Access. He served on the Accessibility Code Advisory Committee and the Building, Fire and Other Codes Advisory Committee to the California Building Standards Commission. He also served as an appointed member on the Accessibility Code Advisory Committee for the California Division of the State Architect (DSA). He served as a DSA Subject Matter Expert in the development and implementation of the CASp testing and certification process. Rocky currently is a member on the Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee for the National Fire Protection Association, a committee established by the President and Chief Executive Officer of NFPA. Since 1998, he has been the disability access consultant for the California Democratic Party.
Past professional experience: Physical Access Manager for the City of Sacramento’s Department of Transportation/Public Works from 2006 through 2012. The first Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the County of Marin from 2003 to 2006. Chief Executive Officer at Independent Living Services of Northern California, Inc. from 1988 to 2003. From 1987 to 1988, Burks was a Claims Examiner for the State of California Employment Development Department in the Division of the State Disability Insurance Program. Worked as a Social Worker at the Butte County Welfare Department, Adult Protective Services Unit from 1985 to 1987. Chief Executive Officer at Northern California Independent Living Program from 1982 to 1985 and was the Executive Director for the Butte County Easter Seal Society from 1981 to 1982. Instrument Flight Instructor with the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975.