Amy Bernath

Amy Bernath

Acting Director, Education
Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Georgia, Education

As acting director of the Education Practice, Amy contributes to IREX’s strategy and learning agenda for developing and expanding effective programming to create positive change in higher education and secondary education globally. She provides leadership and technical inputs to a portfolio of education development programs, including the Training Educators for Excellence Project in Georgia. She also offers technical support to IREX’s Youth Practice.

Amy is engaged in knowledge sharing and learning in the broader youth development community as cochair of the Youth in Development Workgroup in the Society for International Development (SID-Washington).

She previously led IREX’s office in Tajikistan, managed the Youth Theater for Peace and Youth Leadership for Peace programs in Kyrgyzstan, and supported implementation of the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship. Under Amy’s leadership, Youth Theater for Peace strengthened two local partner organizations and formed 33 youth-led informal groups, reaching more than 30,000 youth and adults.

Prior to joining IREX, Amy worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English at Berdyansk State Pedagogical University in Ukraine. She also taught English in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Amy earned an MA in Political Science with a focus on international relations from Ohio University. She holds a BA in political science and a BS in integrated social studies education.