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Cookies & Conversation: Alumni Edition with Maryann Orellana

Photo of Maryann Orellana in front of desert sand and a cloudy sky.

Join us for our next Cookies and Conversation, Alumna Edition on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Our special guest will be WVU and Honors alumna, Maryann Orellana.

She is a Contracting Officer and Agreements Officer within the Satellite and Information Acquisition Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. She procures goods and services for the government and negotiates agreements with private industry to assist in meeting the NOAA mission of understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. She recently awarded NOAA’s first Other Transaction Authority agreement that aims to solve the issue of efficient weather data use via Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in a collaborative effort with Google.

In 2010, Maryann began working in Washington, D.C. local government serving as a Program Analyst, Administrative Officer, and Acting Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Maryann moved into the government procurement field at the D.C. Department of Employment Services where she also developed agency processes and procedures to comply with the new grant making authority. In 2013, she joined the federal government at the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She holds a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting and recently earned Level I Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Management.

Maryann graduated from West Virginia University and the Honors College with degrees in history and philosophy in 2008 and also earned a master of public administration in 2010 from WVU. She earned a master of science in government contracts from George Washington University in 2019. Maryann loves to travel and has been to over 30 countries around the world. She lives in Germantown, Maryland with her husband and son.

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