Kelli Foster Makerson is a Public Health Analyst at the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) with the mission to improve public health surveillance and practice as well as patient outcomes by advancing clinical laboratory quality and safety, data and biorepository science, and workforce competency. Kelli works with federal employees and external and internal partners at hospitals and clinical laboratories. She helps support scientific staff on policies and regulations regarding protection of human subjects, Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requirements, and other Federal regulations and CDC-specific procedures. This position has given her the opportunity to have a wide range of experience from handling public-private partnerships, evaluating team projects, and managing data to protect and improve the health of people and their communities.
In 2014, Kelli began her CDC career as an ORISE Fellow at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). She was on the Performance Improvement Team in the Environmental Health Service Branch. Past projects focused in the areas of vector control, safe drinking water and workforce development. She volunteered in the Emergency Operation Center during the Ebola and Zika Response. Her experience led her to the role as a Staffing Coordinator in the Division of Emergency Operations. Her duties consisted of providing staffing for deployment teams performing public health service to control and prevent the spread of Zika.
Kelli earned her Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Spelman College. In her free time, Kelli enjoys going for hikes, trying new recipes and spending time with her family.