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Michael Junell
Senior Manager, Public Assistance

Michael Junell brings a wealth of public assistance expertise to ICF. He has over 15 years of experience in project and operations management, with over 10 of those years in disaster recovery. Mike serves as senior technical and policy advisor for recovery efforts across the country.

At ICF, Mike has served as a technical and policy advisor for more than 4 years on the state of Louisiana Office of Risk Management contract, spanning eight federally declared major disasters. As a public assistance subject matter expert and technical manager, Mike has been instrumental in the recovery of approximately $4 billion in federal grants. He is also a current public assistance senior manager and public assistance subject matter expert, helping to lead the $90 billion Hurricane Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico while continuing to act as a public assistance expert advisor to ICF staff and clients.

Formerly, Mike served as a technical assistance contractor, public assistance coordinator, and advisor to FEMA leadership in the Baton Rouge Joint Field Office and Region VI for Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, and Isaac. He coordinated the recovery process from inspection to closeout on thousands of projects for a large geographical section of Louisiana while managing more than 50 FEMA staff. He also served as the senior operations manager for 100+ disaster recovery technical consultant professionals in the field for six major federally-declared disasters in Louisiana.

Mike graduated from the Amarillo College 16th Fire Academy as a Texas Commission on Fire Protection certified firefighter and nationally registered emergency medical technician. He held certifications in hazardous materials technician, driver operator, aircraft rescue, and successfully completed the National Fire Academy Fire Cause and Determination for Company Officers course. He is also certified in the following areas: FEMA Operations I & II, Cost Estimating Format, Project Specialist, Public Assistance Crew Leader, Preliminary Damage Assessments, Damage Assessments, 406 Hazard Mitigation, Debris Operations, Project Worksheet Development, Incident Command System, National Incident Management, and National Response Planning.

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