Aurielle Smith

Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation

Public Health Madison and Dane County
Madison , Wisconsin
Class of 2021
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Three words to describe me:
ambitious, hard-working, personable
The best part of my job:
getting to see the real-time impact that my work has on the community
Something that would surprise others about me:
I have been writing a novel on and off for the past 6 years.

As the Director for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation at Public Health Madison and Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin, Aurielle Smith provides strategic direction to the agency’s prevention programs, policy efforts, and evaluation initiatives; and is responsible for developing and maintaining a broad strategy for how the agency will advance health policies and build diverse partnerships. Aurielle played a key role in the creation of the county’s comprehensive violence prevention plan, whose goal is to increase collaboration and coordination among violence prevention and intervention service providers.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Aurielle has guided the agency’s response, including testing efforts, which involved the creation of a mobile testing model to reach marginalized and underprivileged communities in Madison and Dane County.  

Aurielle holds an MPH from American Public University and a BS from Gannon University.

Throughout my career as a public health professional, I have strived to make the communities where I live and work safer and healthier.

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