Maria Jolly is a Program Officer at the CDC Foundation. In this role, she conceptualizes, plans, executes, monitors, and closes projects spanning topic areas such as climate and health, global food fortification, birth defects, and public health surveillance. She is a highly motivated, positive, and results-oriented public health professional dedicated to environmental justice. Raised in Chicago, she now calls Atlanta home.
Maria has over six years of program management and research experience domestically as well as across South America, Asia, and Africa. In addition to the CDC Foundation, Maria has professional experience at the United Nations (UN) Foundation (Washington DC), The CDC (Atlanta, GA), Emory University (Atlanta, GA), and Johns Hopkins University (Puno, Peru). Through these experiences, Maria has demonstrated strategic leadership, superb problem-solving skills, meaningful community engagement, and excellent cross-cultural and interpersonal communication ability.
She has represented her organization at high-level UN meetings, such as the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly and the UN's Climate Change Negotiations. She is a trilingual speaker who holds an MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. She received her BS with distinction in Environmental Science and Policy, with minors in Chemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Maria is proficient in Spanish and knows basic Malayalam. Notable honors and involvement include: United States Department of Health and Human Services Green Champion Award, CDC Honor Award for outstanding support and leadership in CDC's 2014 Ebola epidemic response, RollinsDC Executive Board, Students for Social Justice Co-President, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Traineeship, Research Excellence in Environmental Health, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Campus Executive Board, Harry S. Truman National Scholarship Campus Finalist, Dean's List, University of Illinois Homecoming Court, National Science Foundation Grantee, and Distinguished Service Key.