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About MCSS

Executive Director

Kate Hession

“Emergency management is a discipline with expertise in communication and collaboration, tasked to solve complex problems. The discipline has evolved into a unique ecosystem of people, capabilities, resources, plans, and actions and requires us to make decisions not by gut instinct alone but by analyzing data and monitoring trends. Although my day-to-day responsibilities have changed over my career, I have gravitated toward roles that allow me to solve problems. My background is not one traditionally found in emergency management but those experiences have allowed me to be successful in this field.” -Kate Hession, Executive Director
Prior to joining MCSS in December of 2018, Kate served as the Deputy Executive Director at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). As the Deputy Executive Director, Kate was responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Agency as well as the Agency’s essential functions which included the State Disaster Risk Reduction and Consequence Management Programs.
During her time with MEMA (2010 to 2018), the agency coordinated numerous State declared emergencies, 11 federally declared disasters, many localized and regional incidents, and various special events throughout Maryland including; 2010 winter storm (Snowmageddon), 2011 Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, 2012 Derecho and Hurricane Sandy, 2015 Baltimore City Riots, Gubernatorial and Presidential Inaugurations, and 2016 and 2018 Ellicott City flooding incidents
Although an Emergency Manager by trade, Kate also has over twenty years of management experience in the private sector. Kate earned her B.A. from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), and a FEMA Certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP).