Chad Berginnis, CFM, is the Executive Director for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), a national non-profit organization of more than 17,000 members and 36 state chapters whose mission is to promote education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding; and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains – all without causing adverse impacts.
Mr. Berginnis has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of natural hazard management, flood loss reduction and land use planning / programs at the state, local and private sector level. As a state official, Mr. Berginnis worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer. He has been involved in creating/administering the Appalachian Flood Risk Reduction Initiative, administered the FEMA Community Assistance Program, revised model state floodplain management regulations, oversaw state hazard mitigation operations after three Federally declared flood disasters and authored the 2008 update of Ohio’s mitigation plan. As a local official, Mr. Berginnis administered land use, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private Sector, Mr. Berginnis was the national Practice Leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Mr. Berginnis is a recognized national expert in floodplain management and hazard mitigation, having participated on national research/focus groups, providing agency (FEMA, USACE, OMB, CRS, IG, CBO and others) and Congressional testimony, and was selected to participate on an advisory panel to the Chinese government on the development of a national floodplain management strategy. He is also past Insurance Committee Chair, Mitigation Policy Committees’ Coordinator, Vice Chair and Chair of ASFPM, and previously served as an appointed Planning Commissioner for Licking County Ohio. Mr. Berginnis holds a Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.