Elmira’s expertise enabled her to make countless decisions that contributed to ensuring the health and safety of millions of U.S. citizens.
Elmira C. Benson retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the Deputy Director, Procurement and Grants Office after more than 35 years of distinguished federal service. Elmira began her career in 1974 with the Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Nebraska. She joined CDC in 1989 and served as Contract Specialist in the Program Acquisition Branch. During her professional career, Elmira has served in leadership roles during some of the most compelling events of our lifetime including the unprecedented public health responses to September 11, the anthrax attacks that followed shortly thereafter, and Hurricane Katrina. During each of these public health emergencies, Elmira’s expertise enabled her to make countless decisions that contributed to ensuring the health and safety of millions of U.S. citizens.
Elmira served as the CDC’s Senior Procurement Advisor for the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under her leadership, more than two billion dollars were put to work rebuilding the nation’s economy and healthcare system.
Elmira has received numerous professional awards including the prestigious “DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for Exceptional Commitment to Operation Katrina and Rita.” She was also honored for her extraordinary dedication, professionalism and initiative in furthering the goals of the Health Information Technology Act with the goal of computerizing-health records to reduce medical errors and save on healthcare costs.
In 2012 she joined The Coleman Group, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland as Vice President, Health Services. The Coleman Group is a woman owned, small business IT consulting firm. She was responsible for acquisition and management support services in the Atlanta area.
From 2015 until 2016 Elmira volunteered at Every Woman Works, Inc. (EWW), Roswell, Georgia as a grant writer. EWW is a nonprofit organization that provides supportive services to economically disadvantaged women with employment barriers.