Mark G. Pomar serves as an Advisory Chair of The Cold War Project vertex at the Council for Global Cooperation. He is currently the Senior National Security Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security, The University of Texas at Austin.
He has had a distinguished career in academia and had the opportunity to work with the US government and several NGO/foundation sectors. From 1975-82, Pomar taught Russian studies at the University of Vermont and was awarded tenure. Later, he was a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University where he taught courses on international development.
From 1982-93, Mark worked as an Assistant Director of the Russian Service at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Munich), as Director of the USSR Division at the Voice of America and as an Executive Director of the Board of International Broadcasting. As a member of the USG Senior Executive Service, Mark oversaw radio broadcasts, negotiated international agreements for radio transmission (Portugal, Spain, Israel), and testified in Congress on policies, budgets and programs of international broadcasting. In addition, he conducted the first discussions with Soviet authorities about the cessation of jamming (1987-88) and negotiated the opening of RFE/RL news bureaus in Warsaw, Moscow and Kyiv.
From 1993-08, Pomar was a senior executive at IREX and later served as its President and CEO (2000-08). From 2008-17, he was the founding CEO and President of the US-Russia Foundation (USRF). Throughout his career, he had worked in forging ties between the US and Russia. He holds a Ph.D. in Russian Studies from Columbia University and a BA (with summa cum laude) from Tufts University. His publications, include Cold War Radio: The Russian Broadcasts of the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (University of Nebraska Press, 2022).