Shawna A. Legarza
Shawna Legarza PsyD, is currently the Director for Fire and Aviation Management for the USDA Forest Service. Shawna was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern Nevada and entered the firefighting profession as an engine crewmember for the Bureau of Land Management.
She has 30 years experience in fire and aviation management and has held numerous leadership positions in a wide variety of regions for both the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service. These positions include Hotshot Superintendent, District Fire Management Officer, and Forest Fire Management Officer. In addition to her fire experience, she worked at the World Trade Center 9/11 recovery efforts, Hurricane Rita and the Greensburg Tornado, with significant contribution to agency leadership in fire management. Shawna is qualified as a Type 2 Incident Commander, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, and Operations Section Chief. Shawna has a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology. Shawna is a graduate of the National Wildland Fire Apprentice Program Academy 4.