IEM Leadership

Jon Mabry

Vice President of Disaster Recovery (CIA, CISA, CFSA, CCSA, CBM)

Jon Mabry, Vice President of Disaster RecoveryJon Mabry, IEM’s Vice President of Disaster Recovery, is a certified internal auditor with almost 30 years of experience managing complex projects and large amounts of funding in both the private and public sectors. Mabry is a nationally recognized leader in the disaster recovery field, due to his success leading two major recovery programs—the post-Katrina recovery in Mississippi and post-Sandy housing recovery in the State of New York.

A University of Maryland graduate, former U.S. Marine, and executive who served in several Fortune 10 companies, Mabry was selected in 2008 by Governor Haley Barbour to administer more than $5.4 billion in HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds earmarked by Congress for Mississippi’s long-term recovery following Hurricane Katrina.

With virtually all of that money disbursed or being applied to specific projects, Mabry’s “management by the numbers” leadership and his emphasis on aggressive internal control standards and mechanisms has helped Mississippi’s hurricane recovery effort become a national model, recognized by HUD and other states for its remarkable efficiency.

With more than 40,000 homes either constructed, rehabilitated, or financed with these funds, and more than 200 public infrastructure projects completed, the state has disbursed more than $4.6 billion, with fraud levels almost nonexistent. Mabry successfully finished the Mississippi disaster recovery housing program with less than 1/10 of one percent margin of error.

Today, Mabry is overseeing the execution of the largest disaster housing recovery program in the United States. In Louisiana, Mabry is managing $1.3 billion in federal funds in support of the state’s “Restore Louisiana” homeowner assistance program. The program is breaking records in delivery, serving tens of thousands of survivors affected by the Great Floods of 2016, and providing funds for survivors faster than any other rebuilding program of this type and magnitude.

Previously, Mabry led IEM’s management of the Hurricane Sandy housing recovery program for the State of New York, known as New York Rising. This post-Sandy effort required operation of ten housing intake centers and more than 200 customer-service representatives throughout the New York counties impacted by the storms. Through New York Rising, IEM distributed nearly $1 billion in CDBG-DR funds to over 11,000 homeowners affected by Sandy. Despite taking over the program from a previous contractor and having to repair applicant files, under Mabry’s leadership, IEM completed New York Rising with an accuracy rate of 98.7 percent and helped the State of New York achieve substantial cost savings over the life of the recovery program. Mabry’s approach is now being applied for New Jersey’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation and Low-and-Moderate-Income Homeowners Rebuilding Programs, helping over 2,000 families complete their recovery from the storm.

Mabry previously worked as a director of internal audit and in business development roles at several Fortune 10 companies, at one point managing a $6 billion sales segment. His private sector career includes stints at Alltel and GTE, where he was a civilian contractor in charge of the President’s “red telephone” at the Pentagon. Prior to his public and private sector management experience, Mabry served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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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’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.