Ron Bartek | Co-Founder/Founding President
Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance

Ron Bartek, Co-Founder/Founding President, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance

Mr. Ronald Bartek is FARA's Co-founder and President; Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD); 4-year member, NIH National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, and former partner and president of a business and technology development, consulting, and government affairs firm. Mr. Bartek’s professional experience also includes twenty years of federal executive branch and legislative branch service in defense, foreign policy and intelligence: including six years on the Policy Staff of the House Armed Services Committee; four years at the State Department's Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, including a year as a negotiator on the U.S. Delegation to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty talks in Geneva; six years as a CIA analyst of political-military aspects of the East-West balance, including a year as an Intelligence Community representative to the interagency groups charged with U.S. arms control policy, and former Director, American Friends of the Czech Republic. Following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Bartek spent four years as an Army officer, serving as a company commander in Korea and an Infantry and Military Intelligence officer in Vietnam. He has a Master’s Degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University.

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