IEM Leadership

Jay Mitchell

Senior Advisor

Jay Mitchell serves as Senior Advisor to IEM.  Mitchell has more than 30 years of professional military and civilian State and National security experience, including 25 years as a specialist and recognized leader within the U.S. and international Intelligence Community. During his career, he has supervised and managed units of organizations ranging from 8 person specialized teams, a state agency executing over $100M a year and command of a 650+ manned unit operating on foreign soil.

In 2014, Mitchell was appointed by the Governor of New Mexico and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In that role, he also served as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor responsible for leading the central primary coordinating agency for the state in response to emergencies, disasters and actor or threats of terrorism. Secretary Mitchell consolidated and coordinated homeland security and emergency management functions to provide comprehensive and coordinated preparedness, mitigation, prevention, protection, response and recovery for emergencies and disasters, regardless of cause, and acts or threats of terrorism.  As the head of a criminal justice law enforcement agency, he coordinated law enforcement counterterrorism prevention, preparedness and response training on a statewide basis resulting in a cohesive team response by both law enforcement and emergency first responders to acts of terrorism or a terrorist threat.  His extensive intelligence background uniquely qualified him as his agency’s director over the state’s intelligence fusion center providing the governor, general public and private businesses with timely information and advice relating to emergencies, disasters and acts of terrorism that is essential to ensuring the safety and security to the lives and property in New Mexico.

As New Mexico’s State Administrative Agent, he applied for, accepted, developed the criteria and administered federal funds to state, local and tribal entities across New Mexico. He has been cited by the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, FEMA Region 6 and the Governor’s office for significant advancement and improvement of his department during his tenure as the longest serving Cabinet Secretary in the Department’s history.  Mitchell also served as the Regional Vice President of the National Emergency Management Association representing Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), served on the Region 6 Regional Advisory Committee and on the Executive Committee of the National Governor’s Association, Governor’s Homeland Security Advisors Committee.  He is a former Emergency Management Accreditation Program Commissioner and served on the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, State and Local Intelligence Council.

 

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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.

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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.