Ronald Bartek

Ronald Bartek is the founding president of Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and is on the board of directors for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. He holds memberships on the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ Advisory Council/Cures Acceleration Network Review Board, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s National Advisory Council, and an NIH institutional review board and data and safety monitoring board. He is a former partner and president of a government affairs firm, and served for 20 years in the federal executive and legislative branches in defense, foreign policy, and intelligence, including the House Armed Services Committee, State Department, Delegation to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty talks in Geneva, and CIA. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Bartek served as an Army officer, a company commander in Korea, and an infantry and military intelligence officer in Vietnam.