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Brian Byrd

Program Officer


As Program Officer, Brian Byrd manages the New York State Foundation’s (NYSHealth’s) Special Projects Fund, a $3 million, annual funding opportunity that allows NYSHealth to respond to opportunities that fit the organization’s mission, but fall outside the Foundation’s three priority areas. The Special Projects Fund also serves as an opportunity to be responsive to the changing health care environment, especially to innovative ideas that emerge from the health field. 

Prior to joining NYSHealth, Mr. Byrd was the director for community partnerships for CARE, an international humanitarian organization. He was responsible for building relationships with policymakers, the media, and corporate officials. Before that, he was deputy director for membership affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Byrd has considerable experience in the health field. As a senior government relations advisor, he worked on public health policies and services in New York. He was also an officer with the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed an HIV/AIDS project in Africa.

Mr. Byrd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. He serves on the board of the Overseas Press Club of America and the advisory committee for Witness.