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Faces of Food Safety: Natalie Martin, Rising Through the Ranks

Natalie MartinNatalie L. Martin is Deputy Director of the Internal Controls Staff, in the Office of the Administrator, located in Dallas, Texas. As Deputy Director for the Internal Controls Staff, Martin plans, directs and supervises a staff of 12 investigators, who focus on exploring allegations of employee misconduct in order to protect FSIS resources and assets from waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. Martin came to FSIS 19 years ago, after attending Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. She was encouraged by her mother, Ranae Anderson, who was a former FSIS employee in the Des Moines and Dallas district offices before retiring in 2013.

With an educational background in accounting and finance, Martin initially obtained an accounting technician position at the Financial Processing Center (now known as the Financial Services Center) in Urbandale, Iowa. That experience led to opportunities in the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable branches. Through a promotion she moved over to the Office of Field Operations in Des Moines. It was at the Des Moines district office that she obtained a deeper understanding of what was at the core of the Agency—food safety. She then worked various positions in Resource Management, performing staffing, hiring, personnel, training, budget and supervisory responsibilities.

"We’re all constantly learning from each other on how to handle new situations and better ourselves along the way."

Natalie Martin

Using her education and experience as a springboard she was promoted to her current role as Employee Misconduct Investigator on the Internal Controls Staff. "I think sharing my story of starting as a GS-5 and working my way up through the ranks to a GS-14, gaining knowledge and experience along the way, demonstrates how administrative positions—as well as technical, scientific and professional—each play a critical part in protecting public health," Martin said. "And that if you put your mind to it, and learn as much as you can, and apply it to each step along the way, you will continue to become stronger and advance in your career." Also, recognizing FSIS "really is a great place to work” gave her that drive to make a bigger impact on food safety through advancing in her career.

Martin lists the current group of people she works with as another reason why she likes her position so much. "I work with an amazing team of skilled and knowledgeable investigators and analysts that help enhance our program more each day," she said. "We're all constantly learning from each other on how to handle new situations and better ourselves along the way. Many of my stories are based around the friendships I’ve created over the years with colleagues, past and present," Martin said. "They may have started out as co-workers, but many turned into lifelong friends. We’ve learned a lot from each other, and I’m grateful for them and all their support." On experiencing workplace success, Martin suggests this formula: "If you’re willing to put in the effort, ask questions, get to know people, be positive and challenge yourself, you will find out that no matter what your position is, you are playing a big role in protecting public health, and there’s always room for more leaders."

In her spare time, the native Iowan is a "baseball mom" to two young boys. Although she is a Dallas Cowboys fan, Martin's husband, Jeff, constantly tries luring her into becoming a Minnesota Vikings fan. The family counts two miniature schnauzers as a big part of their lives. Natalie also loves traveling anywhere that requires flip flops, throwing summer cookouts with friends and family [and in the process, often explaining why they shouldn't put cooked meat on a platter previously used for raw meat], and golfing.

 

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016