About ICF

Ann Schmid

Senior Disaster Recovery Policy Manager
Ann is a grants and compliance expert with more than 10 years of experience working with federal programs and regulations.

Ann is a subject matter expert in multiple areas of grants and compliance, particularly in historic preservation and disaster recovery. She is committed to helping communities navigate regulations to prepare for and recover from natural disasters.

As the disaster recovery team leader for the State of Iowa, Ann managed over $200 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) open grants. In this role, Ann worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the CDBG-DR grants lifecycle from action plan development through program launch, implementation, monitoring, and ultimately closeout. Ann is knowledgeable of all compliance components associated with HUD grants and can convey complex regulatory requirements to grantees.

In addition to disaster recovery leadership, Ann worked closely in housing recovery, serving as a disaster recovery housing project manager. She is knowledgeable of housing rehabilitation, lead-safe work requirements, and multifamily housing with income verification.

Before joining the State, Ann worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), serving as a Historic Preservation Specialist at a long-term recovery office.

Ann meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards as an architectural historian. With a master’s in Historic Preservation, she is exceptionally knowledgeable of the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 process and has successfully nominated resources to the National Register of Historic Places. Ann also serves on her local Historic Preservation Commission.

Ann holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from St. Olaf College.

"Always look for the why: Compliance with federal rules and regulations can seem daunting and overwhelming, but knowing why rules and regulations are in place helps us all work toward compliance while achieving program goals. "