JSW & Associates, Inc.

Jeffrey S. Ward

Jeffrey S. Ward.

Summary of Qualifications

Experienced project manager of large, complex mitigation projects, funded under Federal, State, and Local programs. Proven facilitator of FEMA mitigation plans for Cities, Counties, Districts, and States. Unparalleled track record of successful mitigation project identification, grant application development, and grant implementation including; FMA, HMGP, PDM, SRL, and RFC. Flood damaged and flooded property acquisition, demolition, and elevation expert. Certified Floodplain Manager and nationally recognized expert in FEMA’s Benefit Cost Analysis software.

Unique Experience

  • Assisted Communities in the acquisition and demolition of over 4,000 flood damaged and flood prone structures funded under HMGP, FMA, SRL, PDM, and RFC. Ensure flood victims get treated fairly and equitably throughout the acquisition process. Many of these included relocation assistance.
  • Oversee the demolition process, from Demolition Bid through completion, for home acquisitions that required demolition.
  • Facilitated the development of FEMA approved DMA-2000 compliant Comprehensive Mitigation Plans and Flood Mitigation Plans for two States, ten multi-jurisdictions Plans, and 25 Single Jurisdictional plans.
  • Completed an assignment for the Texas Water Development Board (State management of FEMA’s FMA and SRL mitigation programs) to include the analysis and prioritization of 16,123 Repetitive Loss properties within the State of Texas. Analysis included data collection of building specific data for 75% of the RL properties in the State and the calculation of Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for all 16,123 properties listed on FEMA’s Repetitive Loss (RL) and Sever Repetitive Loss (SRL) list using the Limited Data Module Software. This data was used to prioritize a list of Texas communities most likely to benefit from access to FMA and SRL mitigation funds.
  • Completed an update to the above project using SRL and RL data from 2009 and 2010. All above data were updated to reflect changes in the numbers of properties and the numbers of losses.
  • Provided support to TWDB in outreaching to communities that have eligible SRL Properties and completed BCAs in support of application development.
  • Co-authored Harris County Flood Control District’s (HCFCD, TX) voluntary and nonvoluntary acquisitions policies and procedures manuals.
  • Acquisition counselor for all HCFCD voluntary and non-voluntary acquisitions.
  • Participated on Client’s mitigation planning committees to evaluate mitigation projects and recommending funding opportunities.
  • Assisted communities in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, and South Carolina with the preparation of successful (awarded) applications for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project grants, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) project grants, FMA planning grants, and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) project grants, PDM planning grants, and Engineering Study Grants. These applications have resulted in over $700M of grant awards.
  • Project/Grant Implementer for the majority of the above mentioned awards.
  • Mitigation Consultant, under long term contract to the Texas Medical Center and all member facilities (over 50 member facilities).
  • Facilitated the development of approved Emergency Operations Plans for the City of Pearland TX, Hardin County TX, and Jefferson Parish LA.
  • Filed Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) claims (over 700 claims filed - $5M in paid claims).
  • Acquisition Consultant (under long term contract) for Travis County TX, Harris County TX, City of El Paso TX, and Greenville County SC.
  • Assisted with successful home elevation grant applications and grant administration for structures in LA, TX, and VA.

Additional Relevant Experience

  • Expert in FEMA’s full and limited data module BCA Software. Completed individual BCA runs on over 50,000 structures. Analysis completed for a variety of mitigation projects (detention basins, channelization, bridge raising, home elevations, home acquisition/demolition, and wind retrofitting).
  • Provide pre-disaster data collection (“Sunny day”) – including recommending data that should be collected to facilitate future application development and BCA generation.
  • Provide in-depth analysis, data validation, and data correction/update of FEMA’s NFIP databases (Repetitive Loss, Paid Claims, Policies in Force). This effort includes the identification of properties that have been mitigated and providing required updates to FEMA/NFIP.
  • Provide post-disaster mitigation and damage assessment – to include completing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Residential Substantial Damage Estimator (RSDE) software to determine estimated level of damage to each damaged property. In many cases, this data is used by the floodplain manager to determine if the properties were substantially damaged from a flood event.

Prior Experience

Lockheed Martin (11 years)
  • Corporate Director of Business Transformation responsible for identifying corporate redundancies and developing and executing plans to remove those redundancies.
  • Director Project Management and Systems Engineering responsible for leading a team of engineers in evaluating future architectures for a classified agency of the federal government.
  • MBA, Georgetown University (Honors Graduate, Beta Gamma Sigma) 2000
  • Lockheed Martin Program Management Development Program (internal corporate masters degree) - 1997.
  • B.S., Business Management and Finance, Salisbury State University 1984.
Professional Designations and Awards
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Since 2002.
  • Process Patent Inventor while at Lockheed Martin – (Patent No. 6,873,964).
  • Recipient of the Lockheed Martin NOVA award (1 out of 150,000 employees per year) 2000.
  • Completed FEMA’s Benefit Cost Analysis Training 2003.
  • Author of an Association of State Floodplain Manager (ASFPM) approved on-line course on managing a Buyout Program. The course is available nationwide as Continuing Education Credits (CECs) toward maintaining a CFM designation.