About Us

We’re a veteran-owned small business focused on all-hazards emergency management and health security preparedness, response and recovery.

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The Team Approach Defines Our Culture

High Street’s consulting culture is based on the partners’ experiences in the military and emergency management: one team, one effort.

Our approach applies the firm’s collective knowledge and experiences to our clients’ toughest challenges.

We check our egos at the door to produce and apply the best team solution.

We have responded to and supported events such as natural disasters, pandemics, complex coordinated terrorist attacks, special events, and riots.

Our track record includes:

  • COVID-19 response after-action reviews, analysis, and strategic recommendations for multiple state and county governments
  • “On the ground” pandemic response experience with H1N1, Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19, including continuity planning for all levels of government
  • Design, development, and execution of three 14-week academies for FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Teams
  • Training, mentoring, and assisting over 500 host-nation police in Iraq and Afghanistan, including responding to several complex attacks
  • Oversight and management of National Guard forces during the Baltimore Riots
  • Leading a team of 84 Public Assistance professionals providing disaster recovery and grant administration operations to nearly 60 Puerto Rican government agencies
  • Development of over 1,000 hours of Emergency Management Institute compliant course content for FEMA’s Qualification System
  • Development of technical and political analysis in support of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) negotiations

Our Founder, Zach Becker

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High Street Consulting was founded by Zach Becker, who brings over 25 years of emergency management experience to the table. His project portfolio includes successfully supporting and managing high-visibility Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Defense (DoD), and state/local contracts.

I founded High Street Consulting to bring the values, culture, and work ethic of my hometown New Britain, Connecticut to my clients. The company is named for the street I grew up on: emblematic of its origin and future success.

Zach’s portfolio includes:

  • Leading a team that designed and developed courses for FEMA’s disaster workforce, including:
    • Developing strategic and implementation plans for radically revising FEMA curriculum and course development
    • Creating a methodology for prioritizing course revisions
    • Overseeing the development of over 40 Position Task Book (PTB) endorsable courses for the FEMA Qualification System (FQS), inclusive of practical task-based content and experiential learning activities for positions ranging from Tier 4 entry-level staff to Tier 1 senior field leadership
  • Overseeing a team of 84 Public Assistance professionals who coordinated over $3.1 billion of federal disaster relief funds to help rebuild Puerto Rico
  • Supporting the Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) by:
    • Providing analysis to DoD officials and advising on important interagency issues
    • Planning, organizing, and executing the homemade explosives task force to specifically address illicit use of fertilizer products in Afghanistan
  • Overseeing the design and execution of over 1000-hours of coursework and 6 full-scale exercises for the Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Academy
  • Leading the effort to provide the convergence of technical and political analysis in support of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) negotiations
Military BackgroundMilitary Background

High Street Consulting was founded by Zach Becker, who brings over 25 years of emergency management experience to the table. His project portfolio includes successfully supporting and managing high-visibility Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Defense (DoD), and state/local contracts.

I founded High Street Consulting to bring the values, culture, and work ethic of my hometown New Britain, Connecticut to my clients. The company is named for the street I grew up on: emblematic of its origin and future success.

Zach’s portfolio includes:

  • Leading a team that designed and developed courses for FEMA’s disaster workforce, including:
    • Developing strategic and implementation plans for radically revising FEMA curriculum and course development
    • Creating a methodology for prioritizing course revisions
    • Overseeing the development of over 40 Position Task Book (PTB) endorsable courses for the FEMA Qualification System (FQS), inclusive of practical task-based content and experiential learning activities for positions ranging from Tier 4 entry-level staff to Tier 1 senior field leadership
  • Overseeing a team of 84 Public Assistance professionals who coordinated over $3.1 billion of federal disaster relief funds to help rebuild Puerto Rico
  • Supporting the Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) by:
    • Providing analysis to DoD officials and advising on important interagency issues
    • Planning, organizing, and executing the homemade explosives task force to specifically address illicit use of fertilizer products in Afghanistan
  • Overseeing the design and execution of over 1000-hours of coursework and 6 full-scale exercises for the Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Academy
  • Leading the effort to provide the convergence of technical and political analysis in support of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) negotiations

Senior Vice President and Partner, Matthew Stuhr

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High Street Consulting Senior Vice President, Matthew Stuhr, has 18+ years as leader and team builder across security, homeland security and emergency management domains with extensive knowledge of, and experience in strategic and tactical application of police, security, and military resources domestically and abroad. Matt has continued to serve as a military police officer in the National Guard since the attacks on 9/11.

Matt’s portfolio includes:

  • Leading the Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Department of Defense planning community in support of the DHS Cyber Storm Exercise series
  • Coordinating Maryland National Guard operations during the Riots in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Leading and managing a team of FEMA, interagency, and contract stakeholders in the development and implementation of FEMA’s 14-week Incident Management Assistance Team Academy
  • Commanding a military police Company responsible for planning and executing counterinsurgency initiatives in coordination with Afghan Uniformed Police within Kandahar City
  • Providing law enforcement expertise, threat assessment support to the 54-states and territories and Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Planning and leading successful law enforcement mentorship, training, mission planning for nearly 600-Iraqi Police. Led counter-indirect fire patrols to deter and prevent indirect fire attacks on Coalition forces and critical infrastructure

High Street Consulting Senior Vice President, Matthew Stuhr, has 19+ years as leader and team builder across security, homeland security and emergency management domains with extensive knowledge of / experience in strategic and tactical application of police, security, military resources domestically and abroad. Matt has continued to serve as a military police officer in the National Guard since the attacks on 9/11.

Matt’s portfolio includes:

  • Leading the Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Department of Defense planning community in support of the DHS Cyber Storm Exercise series
  • Supporting the COVID-19 response as a leader in the National Guard, planning operations and overseeing unit personnel on the front lines of the response
  • Leading and managing a team of FEMA, interagency, and contract stakeholders in the development and implementation of FEMA’s 14-week Incident Management Assistance Team Academy
  • Coordinating Maryland National Guard operations during the Riots in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Commanding a military police Company responsible for planning and executing counterinsurgency initiatives in coordination with Afghan Uniformed Police within Kandahar City
  • Providing law enforcement expertise, threat assessment support to the 54 states and territories and Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Planning, leading successful law enforcement mentorship, training, mission planning for nearly 600 Iraqi Police. Led counter-indirect fire patrols to deter and prevent indirect fire attacks on Coalition forces and critical infrastructure
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Meet the High Street Team

Maria Karwan, MBA - Partner and Chief Operating Officer

As HSC’s COO, Maria wears many hats, drawing from her broad-ranging experience across post-secondary educational institutions, private industry, a government research lab, and 501(c)(3) organizations. Maria holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo and is honored to be part of the leadership team of this dynamic VOSB, overseeing daily operations, finance, HR, marketing, and communications to help HSC achieve its strategic goals.

Meg Nash, MPH - Principal, Health Security

Meg is thrilled to join HSC and build the Health Security Practice, leading the way for public health to be viewed and funded through a national security lens. Meg holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Emergency Management from George Washington University, and brings over 25 years’ experience in a unique combination of public health preparedness, response, and emergency management consulting with many federal, state, and local partners.

Read her comprehensive bio here.

Michael Goldsbury, CEM - Associate

Michael is a Certified Emergency Manager with focused experience in Public Health Preparedness, Exercise Design and Facilitation, and Emergency Operations Planning. He has worked with national, state, and local organizations including FEMA, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the CDC to develop high-quality emergency management products and services. Michael holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from UNC Asheville, and an M.P.A. in Emergency Management from UNC Charlotte.

Corey Goodwin - Associate

Corey brings over a decade of experience to the High Street Consulting team.  This includes her Marine Corps service, a master’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and a determined approach to creative problem solving. She is certified through the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), is a certified Advanced Level Emergency Manager, and is working toward the completion of the Master Exercise Practitioner Program.

Rebecca Stein - Senior Analyst

Rebecca brings field experience in emergency management planning and operations support to High Street Consulting. She has worked as a Planning Specialist and Operations Support Crew Leader for FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) cadre. Rebecca holds an MALD in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on human security and humanitarian assistance in post-disaster environments.

Kasimir “Kaz” Bogielski, MPA - Analyst

As an experienced emergency management professional, Kaz has provided expert consultation for a diverse set of government agencies, including FEMA, Amtrak, the EPA, and HHS. Kaz also supported the technical writing of the nationally recognized 1 October After-Action Report, documenting the response effort to the real-world 2017 Las Vegas mass casualty incident. He is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, holding an M.P.A., and a B.A. in Public Management, Leadership, & Policy.

Mila Wagner - Analyst

Mila brings experience from the academic and government sectors. She worked with Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Online for 9 years as a support desk supervisor and instructional designer, and has supported government contracts developing training for LEMIT, Texas DPS, FEMA, and DoDEA. Come this May she will be a two-time graduate of Sam Houston State University with a B.B.A. in Business Administration and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design Systems and Technology.  

Testimonials

Few managers in senior leadership inspire, coach, and mentor all levels of staff – but that is exactly what Zach did. As the program manager for the training practice, he developed his staff and generated enthusiasm not only for the work we did but for the team we worked with. Zach motivates his team to perform at the highest level and has innovative ideas. More importantly, he turns those ideas into reality; from team structure to new business opportunities. He is an expert in program management, budgeting, and financial management, and is well known in FEMA for his training and exercise expertise. He is a tremendous senior leader and program manager; I would recommend Zach to any organization.

I have worked directly with Matt for several years. He has always proven himself to be an outstanding project executive, a strong thought leader, and a cohesive bonding agent to any organization. He strives to deepen his understanding of the nature of a business or project, as well as the collective skills/knowledge of those with whom he works, in order to get the best results from the team. Matt’s intelligence, work ethic, attention to detail, and personality make him a tremendous asset to every organization he touches.

Zach is an excellent project manager and team lead, who trusts his staff to complete their assignments without feeling the need to micromanage their work. Though he is fully prepared to get in-the-weeds when required by a task, Zach effectively uses his team’s collective skillset to set up cross-coverage on deliverables and enable smooth completion of objectives. Zach’s greatest strengths, however, lie in his relationships. Clients rely on Zach for specific outcomes, and his attentive service to their requests solidifies their confidence in future performance. On a managerial level, Zach goes out of his way to truly exemplify the difference between a boss and a leader. His ability to forge close relationships with all levels of staff, down to the newest junior employee, is unparalleled and he takes an active interest in the wellbeing of his charges. Members of Zach’s team are loyal and driven not because he is their manager, but because they trust him personally. I looked to Zach as a mentor, and continue to do so. He is a credit to any organization lucky enough to have him.

Matt Stuhr is a leader who excels in coordinating teams as well as working with individuals one-on-one. As a senior manager, Matt makes himself available to staff for mentorship and guidance based on his subject matter expertise. He is quick to offer solutions to tough problems, and he always follows up. Matt is incredible at delivering a leader’s intent, offering clear guidance at the outset of every project. He takes care to ensure that he communicates effectively throughout the project lifecycle, asking for feedback and working with the team to keep everyone on the same page. He is a team player, always sharing credit for success and making his team members feel valued. Over my tenure at our company, Matt has become both a mentor and a friend whom I respect and enjoy working with.

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