Former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief of Staff, Jason McNamara, Joins Obsidian Analysis as Vice President

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Obsidian Analysis, Inc. announced that Jason McNamara, former FEMA Chief of Staff, has joined the firm as Vice President. Mr. McNamara comes to Obsidian as a national leader in homeland security and emergency management.

Obsidian Analysis, Inc.

Obsidian Analysis, Inc.

Mr. McNamara comes to Obsidian as a national leader in homeland security and emergency management, having been Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the past four years.

Obsidian Analysis, Inc. announced that Mr. Jason McNamara has joined the firm as Vice President. Mr. McNamara will serve as part of Obsidian’s executive management team, overseeing projects for state and local clients as well as directing disaster recovery programs.

Mr. McNamara comes to Obsidian as a national leader in homeland security and emergency management, having been Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the past four years. In that role, Mr. McNamara worked with leadership at FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House to transform FEMA into a highly effective response and recovery agency. In particular, Mr. McNamara has overseen the cutting of red-tape, the staffing of FEMA with outstanding managers who are widely recognized as the most experienced and talented in the agency’s history, as well as the reinvigoration of the nation’s response and recovery strategies for disasters. Mr. McNamara also helped change FEMA’s orientation towards an emphasis on survivor outcomes and incorporation of the Whole Community in delivering solutions. In addition, he played a key role in legislative accomplishments such as the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, legislation providing tribal governments the ability to directly request disaster assistance from the President, and the five-year reauthorization of the national flood insurance program. Mr. McNamara has been at the forefront of decision-making during all of the major events the last four years, including the tornado in Joplin, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and Hurricane Sandy.

The success of Mr. McNamara’s efforts was demonstrated by the FEMA-coordinated response to Superstorm Sandy – a case where catastrophic effects were averted by smart preparedness initiatives, an energetic and timely response, and innovative approaches when confronted with unexpected challenges.

“We are extremely excited and privileged to have a homeland security leader like Jason join the Obsidian team. Jason’s success in transforming FEMA into a world-class organization will provide Obsidian with an outstanding capability to help departments and agencies across Federal, state, and local governments,” stated Dr. Kevin O’Prey, Obsidian’s President. “Moreover, bringing Jason aboard demonstrates Obsidian’s commitment to being a national leader in delivering innovative and practical solutions for our homeland security and emergency management clients.”

Mr. McNamara comes to Obsidian with experience in the private sector and Capitol Hill. As a Vice President and Director of Homeland Security at Dewberry and Davis, LLC, Mr. McNamara delivered highly successful projects for emergency management clients at the local, state, and Federal levels of government. As a professional staff member for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security, Mr. McNamara provided staff oversight of FEMA and led initiatives to improve first responder grant programs.
Mr. McNamara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

About Obsidian Analysis
Obsidian Analysis, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based small business that provides high-quality analytical, policy, and exercise services to decision-makers across the homeland security and national security communities. Obsidian was founded by Dr. Kevin P. O’Prey and Matthew Travis.
For more information visit: http://www.obsidiandc.com.

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