Ralph Silverio

Consulting Vice President

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Ralph Silverio, Consulting Vice President, brings to the firm more than 30 years of professional experience in development with healthcare and other not-for-profit institutions.

Prior to joining the firm, Ralph had a 12-year tenure at Advocate Health Care, the Chicago area's largest healthcare provider. Ralph held several leadership positions within the Foundation, culminating in serving as the first Vice President of Campaign Planning and Implementation for Advocate Charitable Foundation. In this role, he designed and led the first system-wide campaign.

Prior to his work with Advocate Health Care, Ralph served as Director of Development for Lutheran General Foundation, and for eight years, he served in several roles at the fundraising consultancy of Sumner Rahr & Company. His responsibilities there included conducting evaluative studies and program assessments; designing, implementing, and integrating development programs for annual, capital, and special gift campaigns; developing fundraising and communication materials through comprehensive writing services; and creating and implementing institutional vision through long-range and strategic planning.

Earlier in his career, Ralph served as the hospital chaplain to Chaplain Corps, Archdiocese of Chicago, where he was a full-time Catholic Chaplain to major Chicago hospitals. He has also worked at the National College of Education as Assistant to the President.

Ralph received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy and theology from The University of Chicago. His seminary studies include the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and St. Mary’s of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

  • Advocate Charitable Foundation
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Ball State University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s Medical Center Dallas
  • City of Hope
  • Cleveland Sight Center
  • Columbia College (Missouri)
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Delnor Community Health System
  • DePaul University
  • Earlham College
  • Emory University – The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Foundation
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
  • Inc.
  • International School of Indiana
  • Kansas University Endowment
  • Kronos Longevity Research Institute
  • Lake Forest College
  • Loma Linda University Health
  • Louisiana State University Foundation
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation
  • North Hawaii Community Hospital
  • Norton Healthcare Foundation
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
  • Regional Medical Center at Memphis
  • Regional One Health Foundation
  • Ripon College
  • Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • San Diego Medical Center
  • San Francisco State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. John’s Mercy Foundation
  • St. Luke's Hospital Foundation
  • St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network
  • Surgical Infection Society
  • The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • United States Naval Academy Foundation
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Florida
  • University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Nebraska Foundation
  • University of North Dakota Medical School
  • University of Scranton
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Villanova University
  • Western Michigan University

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