Ramona (Mona) Byrkit
Mona Byrkit, MPH, is the chief representative for PATH in the San Francisco Bay Area, forging strategic partnerships with key academic, philanthropic, and corporate partners. Prior to returning to the United States in 2018, Mona was PATH’s program leader for the Mekong region, based in Hanoi. In that role, she led strategy and directed PATH’s activities in Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia for nine years, managing more than 70 staff working on diverse public health projects. Currently, Ms. Byrkit serves as the senior programmatic subject matter expert in PATH's Global Engagement and Communications (GE) division, linking programs across PATH to GE’s communications, advocacy and public policy, and strategic partnerships and philanthropy teams.
Ms. Byrkit brings more than 25 years of management and policy experience in domestic and international health and development programs. Prior to joining PATH in 2009, she served as director of CARE International’s global sexual and reproductive health portfolio. She also provided senior management for a $70+ million global reproductive health program implemented by IntraHealth International for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to that, she served as assistant population advisor for USAID’s population assistance program in Turkey and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.
Ms. Byrkit received her MPH in maternal and child health from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA from Pomona College in California. She has worked in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. She speaks French, Wolof (Senegal), and basic Turkish and Vietnamese.