Adam Montella is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, speaker, and writer in numerous specialties relating to emergency management, business continuity, homeland security, safety, physical and cybersecurity, and risk management. with 34 years of direct experience in the government, private, and non-profit sectors, he has served in executive, program, and practice lead, consultant, and practitioner roles.
As the Senior Vice President for Planning and Analysis, Adam serves as OGL’s principal SME advisor to our clients. He provides technical oversite, senior-level analysis, and peer review for all the company’s planning and analysis projects and deliverables. Considered one of the top planners and exercise practitioners in the United States, Adam has led the design, conduct, and evaluation of more than 800 courses, seminars, workshops, and exercises, and the development of hundreds of plans, policies, and procedures for all levels of government and domestic and international Fortune 100 and 500 companies relating to emergency management, homeland security, public health, and public safety. Adam has led or co-authored numerous national plans, studies, reports, and white papers for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. House of Representatives, and state and local government agencies throughout the United States.
Adam currently serves as the private sector representative for the American Public University System (APUS)/American Military University (AMU) Public Safety Curriculum Review Board and the President of the International Association of Planning Professionals. Adam sits on the Board of the Central Florida Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI-SIG). In recognition of his expertise, Adam has served as the Volunteer National Partner (ESF-6) for the American Red Cross, the on-camera disaster and homeland security expert for the Discovery Channel Series, THE COLONY, a member of the Public Engagement & Mission Support Subcommittee, and the National Response Framework Working Group of FEMA’s National Advisory Council’s (NAC), and on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Analyst Group.
Adam’s experience is highlighted by serving in senior leadership positions on well over 100 headline disasters, including Hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Charley, Katrina, Sandy, and Irma, the September 11 terrorist attack, anthrax release at the U.S. Capitol, special and national security events including Presidential and Congressional visits, SuperBowl and Olympic games. He has served on the State of Florida Rapid Impact Assessment Team (RIAT), as the Human Services Branch Chief at the State’s Emergency Operations Center, and the Emergency Response Team (CERT) at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC). Following the events of September 11, 2001, Adam became the first General Manager of Emergency Management for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, helping to rebuild the agency that owns and operates the World Trade Center, three international airports, PATH commuter rail, tunnels, bridges, and other critical infrastructure facilities.
Adam holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Public Administration and has attended Police and Emergency Medical Services Academies. Additionally, he owns more than 50 primary instructors and instructor trainer certifications in safety, emergency management, continuity, hazardous materials, homeland security, and counter and anti-terrorism. Adam is a recipient of the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University’s John. F. Kennedy School of Government, the Clara Barton Award from the American Red Cross, and numerous governor and mayoral citations for his efforts in supporting the field of emergency management and disaster response.