Dianna Kelly

Lead for NCI IT Strategy, Governance, and Optimization


Ms. Dianna Kelly serves as the program lead for Information Technology (IT) strategy, governance, and optimization at NCI. Her work focuses especially on strategic planning, with the aim of improving non-technical IT business and process methodologies, optimizing the governance process, and raising awareness of NCI’s IT projects across NCI users. Prior to joining CBIIT, Ms. Kelly worked at the NCI at Frederick for more than 13 years as the federal contract lead for IT. As a contracting officer’s representative (COR III) she provided oversight, guidance, and performance feedback for work related to the IT and data science areas of NCI’s federally funded research and development center, including managing a $30M annual budget. Before becoming an NCI employee, she worked under contract with NCI to manage communications, including overseeing the development of fact sheets and responses to non-patient email inquiries for the Cancer Information Service. Ms. Kelly also served as a project manager and consultant on other public health projects at the national, state, and local levels, and specialized in building public health partnerships, workforce development, and community health planning. Ms. Kelly earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in science from Slippery Rock University.