Meet Maui County’s New Floodplain Administrator, Diego Sanchez-Gomez

Diego A. Sanchez Gomez is a staff planner currently working in the Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division (ZAED) for the County of Maui. Diego graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Physics and Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, one of the driest and most populated urban centers in his country. Having a passion for sustainability and water resources management, Diego joined the County of Maui’s Water Resources & Planning Division in November 2017 shortly after finishing graduate school.

During his time at the water department, Diego played a key role in starting the County’s first rain barrel catchment program as well as the Launiupoko Grey Water Re-Use project (currently underway). He now works as the new Floodplain Program Administrator for the County and is eager to continue learning about Hawai'i’s unique water and climate challenges as well as assisting developers plan accordingly.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking in Iao Valley, playing bass guitar, attending church on Sundays and eating tacos, the glorious food of the Mexican people, whenever possible.


Q: What is favorite place to eat on Maui, how did you find the place, and what is your go to item that you order?

A: My favorite place to eat on Maui is “The Empanada Lady”, here in Wailuku. I found it by walking around town and noticing the colorful decorations and nice smells. My go-to item on their menu is their Jamaican jerk chicken with coconut rice and beans on the side. Excellent Caribbean food!

Q: At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?

A: Does Amazon count as a store? Besides that, possibly Men’s Wearhouse.

Q: If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

A: Great question. Wolverine powers would be pretty sweet. But I’d settle for Tony Stark-level intelligence.

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