New Fellow at ECD

Katie Garcia, Presidential Management Fellow

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

Katie Garcia joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a 2012, Presidential Management Fellow. Her permanent position is in the Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (OFPA) under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) staff division where she is a Management Analyst with duties aligned under the HHS Program Integrity Initiative and OMB A-123 Internal Controls. She is currently participating in a five month rotation with ACF in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development working on data analysis. She will be tasked to examine the outcomes of the three-year early childhood State Advisory Council grants and recommend future opportunities for growth and development in early childhood systems development.

Katie’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Certification in Advanced Medical Laboratory. Her prior work experience encompasses clinical medicine, although has lead other duties that allowed her to gain experience in inventory management, establishing quality controls, policy formulation and modification, record and manual reviews/audit, as well as, risk identification and response. Before joining HHS her previous role was a Medical Technologist at Christus Santa Rosa, South Texas’s leading non-profit children’s hospital. Katie independently operated the transfusion services department where she tested and issued life-saving blood products. Before this position, Katie worked as a Medical Technician at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii tasked with inventory and supply management for the outpatient laboratory in addition to leading training of those working towards various certifications.   Her career in healthcare started as a member in the United States Navy where she had several different roles working as a Hospital Corpsman in Navy clinics, hospitals and a major medical center; to being assigned to various Marine Corps attachments where she set-up field hospitals and administered first-aid.

Katie has proven to be a hard-worker as she maintained honors and received several awards throughout her education programs and professional positions. One reflection of her high performance was when she was selected as a PMF finalist; she was one of the top 7% of 9,077 graduate student applicants for the 2012 program. Recently, she was recognized by the Director of Logistics for her years’ work in evaluating and managing controls  over the millions of dollars worth of inventory and property that is used by National Disaster Medical Systems during emergency responses.