Ralph Johnson was raised on a family farm in North Dakota and became reluctantly familiar with animal husbandry practices and attendant chores during childhood. He eventually gravitated to association management, which has been his professional home for most of the past 37 years. He launched and developed the Washington, DC office of a leading association management company, and served as chief staff executive for a range of client organizations. He was subsequently recruited as executive director of the 6,500-member Society for American Archaeology. Since 2000 he has served as executive director of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation – now PetAid Colorado, the healthcare safety net for pets.
Ralph is past president of the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE) and the Colorado Society of Association Executives. He serves on the boards of the Pet Nutrition Alliance, CATalyst Council, Partners for Healthy Pets, Coloradans Protecting Animal Welfare, and the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund.
His honors include the Humane Award and the President’s Award (American Veterinary Medical Association), Distinguished Service Award and Executive of the Year Award (ASVMAE), Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Award (CVMA), and Association Professional of the Year (Colorado Society of Association Executives).