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Position: President & CEO

Ron has served as the President & CEO of the ATC since August 2013. He has spent more than 40 years of his career as an advocate for public land preservation and national park protection. A graduate of George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in American Studies and a law degree from George Washington’s National Law Center, Ron began his career as a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and on the oversight/investigative staff of the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Ron has been involved with the Appalachian Trail since the 1970s and thru-hiked the entire A.T. in 1978. Since that time, Ron has been a part of the advocacy and/or management team of four nonprofit national conservation organizations: The Wilderness Society, National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Parks Conservation Association. Ron was the senior vice president for Programs for NPCA from 2000 to 2008, when he became the senior vice president for Policy. In that role he focused on expanding the number of national park units to increase the natural and cultural diversity of the park system.

Ron is the past president of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington and has been a member of the board or governing council of numerous recreation and trails organizations, including the ​ATC, International Mountain Bike Association, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Ron has been married to Rita Molyneaux for 37 years and has a son who is a firefighter/paramedic.