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Christian Montz

Director of State and Local Response and Recovery

Christian Montz serves as IEM’s Director of State and Local Response and Recovery and was previously IEM’s Director of Disaster Resiliency and Recovery. He has developed strategies for IEM disaster recovery projects that result in an increased pace of federal funding reimbursement, specifically reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for programs like Public Assistance (PA).

Montz previously served as a Senior Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As Senior Analyst, he performed audits and assessments of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs, including reviewing the effectiveness of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program and FEMA’s PA, Individual Assistance (IA), and preparedness grants.

His private sector experience also includes time as a Senior Advisory Manager at Deloitte, where he assisted customers in managing multimillion dollar recovery efforts, including those funded by FEMA’s PA and IA programs and HUD’s CDBG-DR program, one of these efforts being the recovery of the City of Joplin, Missouri, after being struck by an EF-5 tornado.

Prior, Montz served as the Grants Director for FEMA Region VI, where he had oversight responsibility of preparedness, mitigation, and recovery grant programs. While at FEMA, Montz was instrumental in reshaping disaster and non-disaster grant program monitoring, as well as encouraging more outcome-based grant progress reporting and administrative offsetting for sustained and questioned costs.

Montz began his government career as a HUD Fellow working on CDBG municipal projects in housing and economic development. He was later appointed a Presidential Management Fellow by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He continued with his federal career as a Management Analyst at both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), where he provided federal financial assistance oversight and managed grant programs.

Montz is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the White House Communications Agency, where he provided direct technical communications support to the President, White House staff, and the White House Military Office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Montz is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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IEM became one of the first companies to focus solely on emergency management and to use quantitative data and science to inform decisions in emergency management. Over the past 35 years, IEM has grown from a company of one to an employer of over 550 employees, and has provided clients and communities with innovative solutions that produce results and save lives.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is jointly managed by FEMA and the U.S. Army. The program ensures maximum protection for the communities surrounding U.S. chemical weapons stockpile sites. Since 1993, IEM has provided program integration services to FEMA and through FEMA to the states and counties that are part of CSEPP.

In 1999, FEMA selected IEM to be the CSEPP onsite Program Management and Integration Contractor. IEM worked with program managers to develop a flexible protection framework that broke down the “maximum protection” mandate into measurable benchmarks. These benchmarks have been adopted by emergency managers in 10 states, 40 countries, and one Tribal Nation.
IEM was awarded a five-year BPA with FEMA to continue working to further CSEPP initiatives between 2000 and 2004. During this time IEM was contracted to develop a secure website to facilitate communication and information-sharing among CSEPP planners nationwide who work in different jurisdictions. The website IEM created now has over 1,000 active users who use it as their primary source of CSEPP information. IEM also developed a demonstration version of an interactive computer-based “game” designed to illustrate the effects of different protective action decisions in a CSEPP emergency to citizens in the Madison County, KY, CSEPP community.

FEMA awarded IEM a second five-year BPA from 2005-2011. IEM was asked to provide CSEPP technical and analytical studies, risk assessments, support for development of programmatic guidance and preparation of reports to Congress. IEM was required to evaluate the Oregon CSEPP community’s readiness in the event of a depot incident. IEM also assisted in the planning and execution of regular readiness exercises and supported pre-exercise meetings. IEM’s work for CSEPP has been recognized on multiple levels. In 2004, FEMA and IEM received a Profiles in Innovation Award for Emergency Preparedness and Response Excellence from GOVSEC (Government Security Expo and Conference). IEM continues to work with FEMA to increase preparedness and achieve measurable results.


QEM uses the information gathered from conducting different scenarios to calculate the risk and impact of implementing different risk-reducing strategies. It pinpoints the actions that are the most effective at reducing risk across a wide spectrum of potential events. QEM allows clients to know the best way to allocate funds and bridge gaps in preparedness without spending thousands of dollars to implement ideas that cannot work.

QEM’s methodology has been applied to hundreds of IEM projects, such as readiness assessments, chemical plant mitigation studies, protective action analyses, and hurricane evacuation planning. The U.S. Army and FEMA have repeatedly used QEM technology to assess strategies to protect citizens in case of an accidental release of chemical agents. DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) also utilized QEM to quantify the effectiveness of various chemical defense systems. The software continues to provide valuable solutions to clients.