As a project manager, Birgit Bolton manages a portfolio of funding streams that include CDC’s immunization information systems, where she provides management and oversight to project budgets, timelines, and deliverables. Prior to joining PHII, Birgit served as the assistant director of country programs for the International Trachoma Initiative from 2012-2020, providing program support and technical assistance to countries eliminating blinding trachoma. In this role, she assisted with preparing annual forecasts, drug donation applications, and national strategic plans.
From 2007-2012, Birgit was a contract project coordinator with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, where she was the principal investigator for health studies assessing risk factors for environmental contaminants in selected populations. Prior to CDC, Birgit worked for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. As the programs coordinator, she initiated, organized, and coordinated a variety of public health, conservation, and sustainability programs to help improve water quality and quantity for metro Atlanta.
Birgit’s public health background includes a 2010 Global Field Experience with CARE Rwanda as a water, sanitation and hygiene evaluator. In this position, she assessed a microfinance, gender equality and behavior change strategy for a community-based WASH program for marginalized populations. She also studied neglected tropical diseases as a graduate assistant with the Carter Center’s international health programs in 2011. Birgit has a Master of Public Health in Prevention Sciences from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.