Kurt Riegel is a scientist and retired federal senior executive (Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of the Navy) and teaches environmental management at the Johns Hopkins University.

He has also worked at the University of California, Leiden University in the Netherlands, US Department of Energy, RAND Corporation, and George Washington University.

He has served as a member and chairman of the Annapolis Environmental Commission, is currently chairman of the Annapolis Transportation Board, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Chesapeake Legal Alliance. He is a former member of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group.

He is a member of the Severn River Commission, and has served as president and member of the board of the Severn River Association. He has served on the board of directors of the West Annapolis Civic Association.
He has a BA in physics from Johns Hopkins University, a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

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, and sailing in the British Virgin Islands and Greece. His wife Marieluise is an artist, and children Tatiana, Sam, and Eden are entertainment professionals working in Hollywood.