President, J&M Global Solutions
As President of J&M Global Solutions, Michelle is responsible for the strategic direction, fiscal health, and management of the firm; provides oversight of all contracts; and manages the firm’s quality control process. She is sought out for her ability to foster and strengthen stakeholder partnerships and build consensus. Michelle supports federal, state, and local preparedness, mitigation, and recovery efforts, as well as grant management and application development.
Michelle oversees J&M’s support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which includes mitigation, preparedness (planning, training, and exercise), and recovery (planning and public assistance) activities. Following Hurricane Sandy, Michelle deployed to New Jersey to serve as a policy advisor to FEMA Public Assistance Program. She supported FEMA in the development and implementation of a Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator (FDRC) Academy, and designed and led national level recovery exercises, and provides communications, outreach, and strategy support to FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning Program. Michelle has advised governors, local elected officials, and state emergency management agencies on post-disaster recovery efforts. As a part of J&M’s contract supporting economic recovery efforts, Michelle traveled to Maine with the Economic Development Assessment Team, which was tasked with identifying federal resources that can help Maine’s forest products industry create and retain jobs.
Before founding J&M, Michelle held several positions within the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including Chief of Staff for FEMA’s Gulf Coast Recovery organization and senior advisor to the Principal Federal Official following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to that, she worked in the Mitigation and Preparedness Directorates of FEMA. Michelle is a graduate of Georgetown University.