Natural Resources Planner
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
Kevin Wagner manages the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Assistance Program for Maryland. In that capacity, Kevin provides technical assistance to 143 communities (county and municipal governments) that participate in the NFIP as well as a variety of other stakeholders including property owners, local officials, developers and licensed professionals. Kevin helps people understand the regulatory requirements of the NFIP while also balancing any political and/or development pressure they may be facing. Kevin’s involved with a variety of state and regional groups, conducts training, provides permitting and compliance assistance, and assists with community outreach efforts. Kevin has over 20 years of experience, and worked with MDE for 17 years. MDE is the State Coordinating Office for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). During his early years at MDE, he surveyed repetitive flood loss properties with a survey-grade GPS throughout the state and built a GIS database of the properties to be incorporated into state and local hazard mitigation plans. Kevin also coordinated Maryland’s Comprehensive Flood Management Grant Program that provided a state match to local flood mitigation projects. Prior to joining MDE, Kevin worked in the private sector at a civil engineering firm for 3 years as a Surveying and Environmental Technician. Kevin is a lifelong resident of Maryland, born and raised in the Baltimore area. He received his Associate’s degree in Environmental Science from Anne Arundel Community College, Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis & Planning from Frostburg State University, and a Land Surveying Certificate from the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville. He also completed additional coursework at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD.