Ralph A. Devitto
Executive Vice President and Operating Officer, Florida Division
Ralph A. DeVitto is the executive vice president and operating officer of the American Cancer Society's Florida Division and ACS Puerto Rico, Inc. As executive vice president and operating officer, Ralph is the senior-most staff executive, driving development and implementation of the Society’s mission and income strategies across Florida, and engaging corporate executives, high-level donors, and leadership volunteers in furthering the fight against cancer.
Ralph assumed his current role as executive vice president in 2009, but has a long career of service with the American Cancer Society, first as vice president for government relations in 1996, then as senior vice president for advocacy and public policy in 2001 and chief operating officer in 2002. For more than 18 years, Ralph has combined his passion for the fight against cancer with his leadership skills in order to guide the Florida Division to success.
Under Ralph’s leadership, the Division has focused on areas that have the greatest impact in the fight against cancer, paving the way for the creation and implementation of innovative programs, such as the Laureate Society, which have since been implemented nationwide. In 2013, the Florida Division served more than 35,000 cancer patients and caregivers; engaged over 151,000 volunteers to support community-based programs; and raised more than $36 million to help more people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. During Ralph’s tenure with the Society, the Florida Division has successfully advocated for major state programs to fund cancer research, led efforts to pass constitutional amendments to ensure clean indoor air and to fully fund Florida’s youth tobacco education, and led the charge to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1. Florida’s Department of Health continues to rely on Ralph’s guidance on tobacco-related issues, serving on their Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council. Ralph also serves on the council’s policy subcommittee.
Teamwork is a word that Ralph lives by, citing it as a key to the Division’s success. As such, Ralph models cross-functional collaboration by serving on some of the Society’s nationwide initiatives and workgroups: Co-Lead of the Enterprise Innovation Team, Change Champion Lead, and Lead of the Relay Diversity Team.
Ralph has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and recently received a certificate in nonprofit management through the Kellogg Executive Scholar Program at Northwestern University.