Kurt Riegel is a scientist and retired federal senior executive and teaches environmental compliance management at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Annapolis Environmental Commission, the Severn River Commission, and is on the board of directors of the West Annapolis Civic Association and the Severn River Association. He was the Democratic candidate for Ward 2 Alderman in 2013.

He is a sailor, loves the Chesapeake Bay and has cruised much of it in addition to circumnavigations of the DelMarVa peninsula and voyages to Nantucket and back. His wife Marieluise is an artist, and children Tatiana, Sam, and Eden are entertainment professionals working in Hollywood.