IEM Leadership

Ken Gordon

Director of Federal Response Programs

A seasoned leader and emergency management expert, Ken Gordon has more than 15 years of experience in program management, project management, and disaster planning, and has demonstrated success working in interagency, multi-jurisdictional, and international environments. Over the course of his career with the military and in private industry, he has provided effective leadership for teams as large as 200 people.

Mr. Gordon has provided management oversight for numerous plan development projects at the Federal and regional levels, including all-hazards regional catastrophic incident response plans, as well as specific regional plans for earthquakes, tsunamis, biological incidents, and national security special events. He has also led the development of plan annexes for nuclear/radiological incidents, hurricanes, power restoration, floods, and tribal response and coordination.

During his military career, Mr. Gordon developed plans for disaster response, support to civil authorities, and humanitarian assistance. He also managed the $210 million Commander’s Emergency Response Program. As Director of the G9 Civil-Military Affairs Directorate for the 82nd Airborne Division, Mr. Gordon deployed to New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to support the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He coordinated military response activities with multiple stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels, and served as the principal advisor to the Chief of Staff on all matters concerning civil-military affairs, including operational planning.

While at L-3 Communications, Mr. Gordon served as the Chief of Plans, Training, and Advisory Mission for the U.S. Forces in Iraq for two years, developing and maintaining the U.S. Military’s strategic-level plan to equip and train the Iraqi Army, which included multi-billion-dollar resourcing requirements and training for tens of thousands of soldiers.

Mr. Gordon is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the Military Officers Association of America, and the Association of the United States Army. He is a member and former President of the All-American Strategic Response Force Association. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

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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.