Who We Are
Director of Disaster Resiliency and Recovery
Christian Montz serves as IEM’s Director of Disaster Resiliency and Recovery. Christian previously served as the FEMA Region 6 Grants Director and had oversight responsibility of FEMA preparedness, mitigation, and recovery grant programs. Before joining FEMA, he performed audits and assessments of Department of Homeland Security programs including FEMA, as well as Department of Justice (DOJ) programs at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Christian began his government career as a Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow working on the Community Development Block Grant Program and later became a Presidential Management Fellow. During his career he managed and provided oversight of grant programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DOJ. At IEM, Christian has studied and shared widely effective ways that citizens can prepare for disasters to reduce the long-term public burden of disaster recovery. Christian is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the White House Communications Agency. Christian 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 and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.