Who We Are
Learn about our people and experience.
We’ve taken on natural disasters, and we’re ready for your toughest business problems.
The J&M Team
We believe that great people can do extraordinary things. We work in partnership with our clients to help them tackle their hardest challenges, and we like to have fun while we do it.
Our people are our greatest and most valuable asset.
As President of J&M, Michelle is responsible for the strategic direction, fiscal health, and management of the firm; provides oversight of all contracts; and manages the firm’s quality control process. She is sought out for her ability to foster and strengthen stakeholder partnerships and build consensus. Michelle supports federal, state, and local preparedness, mitigation, and recovery efforts, as well as grant management and application development.
Before founding J&M, Michelle held several positions within the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including Chief of Staff for FEMA’s Gulf Coast Recovery organization and senior advisor to the Principal Federal Official following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to that, she worked in the Mitigation and Preparedness Directorates of FEMA.
When not in the office, you can find Michelle relaxing on the beach in Rhode Island or cheering on the Georgetown Hoyas and Washington Nationals.
As Chief Operating Officer of J&M , Gil directs all aspect of client engagement and provides support to federal, state, local, and private sector clients. He oversees all organizational development contracts and provides overarching leadership for long-term and post-disaster recovery efforts, focusing on economic, public health, and social services. Gil has supported the development of national emergency management policies and assisted communities with translating federal guidelines to support resiliency-building efforts.
Gil is a retired member of the Senior Executive Service. His federal career began as a field operations manager for disaster response and recovery programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and his last federal assignment was as FEMA’s Deputy Administrator for Gulf Coast Recovery and the Principal Federal Official in the Gulf Coast States from 2006 to 2008. While with FEMA, he also served as Director of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center, Deputy Director of FEMA’s Preparedness Division, and Acting Director of the National Emergency Training Center. He has demonstrated experience in successfully managing large scale, geographically diverse organizations in dynamic environments that involved the integration of emergency management planning, policy, and programs.
On his days off, Gil enjoys spending time in the outdoors and fishing and hunting.
As a planner with J&M, Ben provides technical assistance and planning support to federal, state, and local clients. He assists FEMA in strengthening partnerships with key strategic partners to further understanding of flood risk and other hazard information and provides support on special issues that include coastal mapping, levee and dam safety, mitigation planning, and other topics that promote community resiliency.
Ben brings local & regional planning and disaster recovery experience to the team. Prior to joining J&M, Ben supported FEMA’s recovery efforts in New York after Hurricane Sandy, where he coordinated with local, state, and federal stakeholders to develop comprehensive recovery planning strategies for jurisdictions in flood zones. He has also worked with communities to develop neighborhood sustainability plans and growth management strategies.
Ben enjoys visiting other cities, exploring their urban design and how they are planned, and can be found rooting on local DC sports teams.
Mary is a consultant with J&M currently focused on client and stakeholder outreach activities. She conducts research for and provides assistance on a variety of projects including those related to change management, post-disaster economic recovery, and communications.
Before joining J&M, Mary interned with EDA where she assisted in the evaluation of grant programs and grantee satisfaction, supported the development and implementation of EDA’s POWER Initiative, and helped to plan POWER roundtables and application review meetings around the country. She graduated from Rhodes College with degree in History.
Outside of the office, Mary enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring DC.
Mark serves as J&M’s contract administrator. Mark’s responsibilities include contract and project management. He also provides programmatic support to executive leadership, conducts research in support of various technical assistance projects, and manages personnel deployed on disaster recovery assignments. Mark is also responsible for managing and administering J&M’s GSA MOBIS schedule.
Prior to joining J&M, Mark attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and interned at an inpatient behavioral hospital where he conducted psychological research and administered and evaluated psychological tests.
Apart from his work at J&M, Mark’s interests include hiking, traveling, and health and nutrition.
As a strategist with J&M, Jen provides quality oversight for client deliverables as well as spearheading various business operation efforts. Her current work focuses on strategic planning, post-disaster recovery (focusing on health, social services, and economic recovery), and community resilience.
Jen has extensive emergency management and critical infrastructure program and policy experience at the federal and state levels, from developing national level policies and programs to facilitating the development of state homeland security grant applications. A former teacher, Jen has taught at all levels (K-12 and university).
When she’s not helping her clients, Jen can be found enjoying all that Western New York has to offer with her family, experimenting in the kitchen, or researching her ancestors.
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Part-Time and Full-Time Employees
As J&M continues to grow, there are opportunities for select individuals to join the J&M team as full-time and part-time employees.
- No current openings
Temporary Employment/Independent Consultants
J&M is also interested in reviewing resumes of individuals with specialized experience interested in working on projects on an as needed basis. J&M is seeking supplementary staff and surge personnel with specialized skill sets in disaster/incident management and recovery who would be available for deployment for extended periods of time with little notice, and subject matter experts, utilized on a project-to-project basis, with proven expertise in J&M business area.
Examples of Needs
- Post-Disaster Health and Social Services Experts and Family Services Support Personnel
- Post-Disaster Economic Recovery Specialists
- Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Specialists
- Deployable Information Technology, Logistics, and Supply Chain Experts
- Training and Exercise Specialists
J&M provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.