Profile: Kelly Echeverria

Kelly EcheverriaPhone: 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 in 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 Superstorm Sandy, home fires, wildland fires, flooding, tornados, and civil unrest. 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 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 participated in several major exercises with Regional agencies and jurisdictions. She has also served during County, State, and Federally declared emergencies such as  hurricanes, flooding, and numerous wild land fires affecting urban areas.

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 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