Jess Reichard

ORISE Policy Fellow
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Jess joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease in January of 2014, after completing a summer internship with the center the previous summer. Currently, she works in the Office of the Director, Dr. Beth Bell, managing performance indicators for all 7 of the Center’s divisions. In addition to maintaining and reporting national performance indicators on a variety of public health areas, Jess also supports the drafting and revision of the annual congressional justification, and thus has become familiar with all federal budget requirements and stages. Finally, Jess conducts regular environmental scanning and research, supporting division leadership in the monitoring and implementation of best practice for strategic planning and performance management.

  • MPA, The University of Georgia 2013
  • AB, University of Puget Sound International Political Economy & Religion
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Running, biking, knitting, seeing live music, crafting and DIY projects around the house

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Team building exercises during my first semester course with Dr. Christensen, Public Administration and Democracy – all students split off into teams, and did a few different exercises focused on teamwork and thinking outside of the box!

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Network – go to events, introduce yourself to people, and don’t be shy about talking to folks about your skills and interests
  2. Don’t just do one internship – if you can, do a couple, dabble in different areas to find out what you like and what you don’t.
  3. Attend social gatherings and volunteer events – I think it’s both fun and important long-term to develop relationships with classmates and peers.
Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

The new Hendershots on Prince. Atlanta, Nashville, and hikes in the N. Georgia mountains.


The University of Georgia encouraged me to get practical and classroom experience – while school always came first, I felt that administrators and faculty drove students to think of their education outside of just coursework.