George Lowden is a recognized authority on project and program management, having been named one of the “Power 50” leaders of project management in the U.S. by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has practical, first-hand experience in managing disaster recovery operations, including being the “first off the plane” in standing up ICF’s contractual support for the Louisiana Road Home Program—the largest housing recovery program in U.S. history.
In this Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Progam, Mr. Lowden, serving as Chief Administrative Officer, was responsible for setting up and overseeing functions including finance, budgeting, anti-fraud, contracts, procurement, human resources, facilities, and legal. Among the accomplishments of Mr. Lowden and his colleagues on this unprecedented program include quickly establishing 12 housing assistance centers throughout Louisiana, procuring an office headquarters, hiring 1,000 staff, entering into agreements with and monitoring 22 subcontractors.
Related, Mr. Lowden has specific expertise in project management offices (PMOs), including making a presentation on “The Role of PMOs in Disaster Recovery Operations” at a PMI national symposium. More broadly, he serves as an accredited, technical expert on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group in the the development of international (ISO) standards related to project management, and has represented the U.S. at international plenary meetings.
Mr. Lowden holds an M.B.A degree from Harvard University and a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University. He also is a certified by PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP).