Chad Berginnis

Association of State Floodplain Managers

Chad Berginnis has over 23 years of experience in natural hazard management, flood loss reduction, and land use planning programs at the state, local and private sector level. As a state official, he worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer. He has been involved in creating and administering the Appalachian Flood Risk Reduction Initiative, 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, Berginnis administered planning, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private Sector, Berginnis was the national practice leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

Berginnis is a recognized national expert in floodplain management and hazard mitigation, having participated on national research and focus groups (FEMA, USACE, OMB, CRS, IG, CBO, National Academies) 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 previously served in various volunteer leadership positions for ASFPM, and as an appointed planning commissioner for Licking County Ohio. Berginnis holds a bachelor's in natural resources from Ohio State University.