Martha Braddock is a consultant on emergency management and governmental and legislative relations. She serves as an advisor to associations, universities, and corporations on a wide range of issues such as homeland security legislation, appropriations, disaster recovery, and mitigation. As the Policy Advisor to the International Association of Emergency Managers, she works closely with the IAEM Government Relations Committee to be certain that local emergency managers are involved with Members of Congress and Committees on key legislative issues. Ms. Braddock has been involved with IAEM for a long time. In fact, she was named an Honorary Lifetime Member in 1986.
Ms. Braddock has over twenty-five years experience in emergency management issues and legislative and governmental affairs. She served fifteen years in management positions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. She served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs from January 1999 to January 2001. In that position, she was responsible for strengthening FEMA's ties with state and local partners, associations, the White House and other federal agencies.
From April 1993 to January 1999, Ms. Braddock served as the Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. In that position, she directed all aspects of the agency's relationships with the U.S. Congress including twelve authorization and two appropriations subcommittees and numerous oversight committees. She also directed the Congressional interactions related to 318 Presidentially-declared disasters and emergencies, including the great Midwest floods, the Northridge earthquake, and the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing.
Ms. Braddock also served as the first FEMA Director of Congressional Relations from October 1979 to December 1981. From January 1981 to March 1986, she was FEMA's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations.
Ms. Braddock's Congressional experience includes serving on the staff of a Member of the House of Representatives, the staff of a Joint Congressional Committee, and as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. She was with the committee which held the hearings and wrote the bill which led to the formation of FEMA in 1979. She served as the Banking Committee liaison to the FEMA reorganization team.
From 1986 to 1993, Ms. Braddock was an advisor to a university, a corporation and associations of state and local officials.