Ms. Jochum is the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator Philanthropy Advisor for FEMA National Disaster Recovery Support. She is currently serving the North Florida area under the DR-4399-Florida Integrated Recovery Coordination (IRC) program.
Skilled at identifying opportunities, creating partnerships, and maximizing resources, she spent the last 14 years immersed in recovery and rebuilding efforts with DHS/FEMA, the American Red Cross and other organizations active in disasters. Ms. Jochum held FEMA contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR) certification and has years of FEMA in-field and classroom trainings. She monitored Federal and State grantees to ensure accountability and transparency of millions of recovery dollars. She has broad program and staff management experience. She is active on the local and national community and serves on the board for several organizations. She is an FQS Qualified Public Assistance Project Specialist, Individual Assistance Specialist, Surge Capacity Force Specialist and Human Resources Specialist.
Ms. Jochum has significant fundraising (development) experience in proposal writing, annual reports, and grant appeals. Currently serving in Florida for the Hurricane Michael long term recovery as the Philanthropy Advisor to the Federal Disaster Coordinator, her job is to increase efficiency and coordination during the ongoing recovery duration between the federal government and philanthropic organizations in order to improve recovery efforts.
Prior roles in both university and nonprofit settings required her active engagement on committees and community boards. She has taken the lead for public relations and communication efforts and provided presentations to employers and associations on the topics of employee retention and recruitment and fund development. In NW Florida, she was the founding development director for Early Childhood Services, Inc., a multi-million-dollar public/private partnership providing childcare resource and referral services and quality child care in nationally accredited child development environments to sixteen NW Florida counties. She spearheaded philanthropy efforts that spanned the agency volunteer board of directors and the Tallahassee Legislature. She wrote and co-wrote numerous Federal, State and consortium grants for numerous nonprofit organizations. Ms. Jochum was instrumentally responsible for a federal-state-local partnership which brought quality childcare to Graceville, Florida, a Federal EZ Zone.
Ms. Jochum was deeply involved in both state and federal efforts post the twin disasters of Katrina and Rita. She was able to foster essential relationships among a diverse group of colleagues representing federal, state and local agencies. Ms. Jochum served as the Deputy Regional Director for the presidentially mandated Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding (OFC). She was boots on the ground for the Gulf Coast states (LA, TX and MS). At OFC, Ms. Jochum coordinated rebuilding efforts for local governments and ensured participation from key community and business stakeholders. Her role was instrumental in tracking hurricane recovery funds to expedite and investigate delays in funding for critical infrastructure projects. She served the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice through the Department of Justice to stand up the Hurricane Criminal Justice Infrastructure Recovery Grant Program Office. Ms. Jochum was responsible for designing the grant program which serves as one of the largest Federal hurricane recovery grants in the nation to restart and rebuild the criminal justice system. Her work was instrumental in facilitating the on-going rebuilding efforts for the State of Louisiana’s law enforcement infrastructure.