Chief Field Development Officer
Greg Elfers is Chief Field Development Officer of the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®.
As Chief Field Development Officer, Elfers provides senior leadership and strategic direction for the Association's field operations, fund-raising campaigns, and volunteer development. He joined the Association in January 2008.
During his 30-year nonprofit career he has held senior-level positions at all levels of operations, including chapter, field, and national.
Prior to joining the American Diabetes Association, he served at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as Senior Vice President, Revenue Development, with responsibility for all society revenue sources, including campaigns, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, direct giving and direct mail. He joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 1994 as Vice President of Campaign Development. During his tenure in that position, annual campaign revenue grew from $32 million to $290 million. The major contributors to the growth were the Light The Night walk and Team In Training. Team In Training revenue grew from $3.2 million to more than $110 million under his leadership.
Elfers also held a number of positions of increased responsibility with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society over a 12-year period, where he rose to the position of National VP of Fundraising. In this position, he was responsible for strategy development and execution of all fund-raising initiatives, including Special Events, Individual, Corporate, Foundation Giving and Direct Mail. Under his leadership, the Society experienced aggressive fund-raising growth, including a national roll-out of the MS 150 Bike Tour and development and launch of The MS walk.
Elfers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and studied business and finance at Xavier University in Cincinnati.