Matthew Fuchs leads research and disaster mitigation efforts for Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative, which aims to reform flood and disaster policy to better prepare people and property for future flooding. In his research role, he has analyzed public school flood risk and developed profiles of communities that have implemented policies that make them more resilient to floods. His focus at Pew also includes working with bipartisan members of Congress to advance policy solutions and build support for innovative financing mechanisms to fund mitigation activities.
Before joining Pew, Fuchs served at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he managed the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, the nation’s executive-level policy group for disaster mitigation. Prior to FEMA, he received the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Thought Leadership Award for designing and piloting Resilience STAR, a government-backed label for structures built to withstand extreme weather. Previously he held policy positions at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
Fuchs holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a juris doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.