Rick Starrs joined the National Association of Veterans’ Research & Education Foundations (NAVREF) as chief executive officer in January 2016 after concluding his U.S. Army career as a colonel. He shares NAVREF’s vision of a nation in which veterans receive the finest care based on innovative research and education.

Starrs has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the military health system ranging from leading troops in combat to working on Capitol Hill, to overseeing the day-to-day operations of a multibillion-dollar military medical research, acquisition and logistics enterprise. In 2016, he earned a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. He has an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

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