Ross Vartian is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Armenia Public Affairs Committee, a Washington-based advocacy group.
Vartian was the Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly of America from 1979 to 2000 and again from 2003-2005. In that capacity, Mr. Vartian presented the Assembly’s views on genocide, human rights, Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, and other issues of concern to the Armenian-American community.
From early 2001 to early 2003, Mr. Vartian served as the Director of Planning of the Armenian Genocide Museum & Memorial Project.
Mr. Vartian has appeared on various broadcast news programs including ABC’s Nightline, the PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio. He has been the museum spokesperson in print media coverage in the Washington Post, Radio Liberty and the LA Daily News.
Mr. Vartian was born in Detroit, MI. In the late 1960s he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Mr. Vartian subsequently graduated from the Michigan State University and taught at Detroit-area Armenian schools.