Steve McMaster, CFM

Principal Hazard Mitigation Specialist

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Water seeks its own level; strive to be a person of high character and high construction.

Steve McMaster, CFM
Principal Hazard Mitigation Specialist

As a self-professed weather and hazards geek, Steve has had long-time interests in weather and earth sciences. While pursuing undergraduate degrees in Geography and Geology, he remembers a natural hazards course as a defining milestone in directing his career choice. After taking coursework in sociology, geomorphology, and water resources, he developed an interest in understanding how people behave and respond to natural hazard risk. While in graduate school, Steve’s studies concentrated on floodplain management and emergency management. In professional positions as a hazard mitigation specialist and mitigation program coordinator at state agencies, he was able to provide mitigation and floodplain management assistance to local communities and property owners.

At Ideation, Steve’s areas of focus include providing expertise in the grants management lifecycle; delivering training instruction in the areas of hazard mitigation assistance and benefit-cost analysis; and providing subject matter expertise to clients, including for developing training courses. He is known for being methodical, thorough, and detail-oriented; for his responsive customer service; and for his penchant for enabling students to learn skills they can apply on the job. He maintains a passion for helping those who are at risk or suffering from natural disasters. He likes to stay abreast of hazard mitigation policy changes and, for more than 15 years, he has served as the annual National Conference Program Chair for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).

In addition to his job at Ideation, Steve has a second job helping to raise his daughters and pup, Cici. Beyond these jobs, he enjoys being outdoors for gardening, biking, hiking, and geocaching. He also enjoys being mentally challenged by crossword, word jumble, KenKen, and Sudoku puzzles.

Favorite color: Royal blue, as in Kansas City.

Favorite item on your desk? My Nebraska Cornhuskers mini football helmet signed by former coach Tom Osbourne.

Most used item in your office? Wireless mouse

Latest technology gadget: Roku

iPhone or Android? iPhone

Coffee or tea? Neither. I stick to drinking water, but when I need a boost I turn to Mountain Dew (i.e., the Nectar of the Gods).

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