Profile: Kelly Echeverria

Kelly-1.jpgPhone: 775.337.5898 

Kelly L. Echeverria is the Washoe County Emergency Manager. She works at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) at 5195 Spectrum Blvd, Reno, NV. Her responsibilities include leading Washoe County in planning, training, responding, mitigation, and recovery from all hazards.

Kelly Echeverria hails from Fairfax, VA. She moved to Reno in search of mountains and lakes and has lived here for the past 8 years.

Ms. Echeverria started responding to emergencies in the Northern Virginia area during 9/11. She acted as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Ms. Echeverria aided in recovery efforts throughout the New Orleans region following Hurricane Katrina. It was her experience in Louisiana that led her to pursue a career in Emergency Management. Ms. Echeverria got her start in Nevada as an AmeriCorps member of the Northern Nevada Chapter of American Red Cross. She has responded to numerous incidents including Superstorm Sandy, home fires, wildland fires, flooding, tornados, and civil unrest. She has also served during County, State, and Federally declared emergencies such as  hurricanes, flooding, and numerous wild land fires affecting urban areas.

As the Client Services Liaison for the American Red Cross she coordinated long-term housing solutions with FEMA in their New Jersey Joint Field Office for Superstorm Sandy recovery and has worked closely with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management (DEM) for close to a decade. As the Washoe County Emergency Management Program Coordinator, she was responsible for all Emergency Management grants and budgetary management, planned and participated in several major exercises with state and regional agencies and jurisdictions, managed the update of all regional plans, and led the EMAP re-accreditation in 2020. 

She serves on the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission, the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and represents Washoe County on the State Homeland Security Commission.

Ms. Echeverria has bachelors degrees in Criminal Justica and International Relations from Roanoke College and an advanced degree in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has attended numerous emergency management courses taught by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. She is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the International Public Safety Association, and the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association.

Kelly Echeverria can be reached by phone at 775.337.5898, or by email at