Robin Fudge Finegan is the Regional Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Denver office, and oversees agency operations in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Finegan brings to FEMA over two decades of experience in crisis management, community preparedness, and survivor assistance services.
Finegan has earned a national reputation for her work as a counselor to victims of terrorism. Following the Columbine High School shooting tragedy, Finegan worked with emergency responders, clergy, school officials, law enforcement, and mental health and victim services professionals to implement a comprehensive response and recovery plan. She provided training to victim advocates during the terrorist trial involving the Pan Am 103 explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland, and for the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui for his role in the September 11 attacks. She also served as co-director of the Colorado-Oklahoma Resource Council, which provided services to the survivors and the families of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. In 2008, Finegan co-authored Hope Gets the Last Word: Stories that Heal, a book that chronicles how individuals have recovered from both national disasters and personal losses.
Finegan has provided expertise during military and community weapons of mass destruction exercises and has assisted in writing all-hazards plans and evaluating of Citizens Emergency Response Team curriculum for the Department of Homeland Security. She has developed numerous training curricula, guidebooks, and manuals related to crisis management, school violence, and public communications
Before her appointment as Regional Administrator, Finegan directed the Fraud Prevention Program for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she provided training, intervention, and consumer education related to financial fraud. She was also the project coordinator for the Faith Community Professional Initiative, which provides victim services curriculum to seminaries as part of an effort to help faith-based organizations serve the needs of crime victims and their families.
Finegan earned her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma University and holds a M.A. in Counseling for the Hearing Impaired from Gallaudet University in Washington as well as a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University in Denver.