Jeff Klaas

Executive Vice President, West Region

Jeff Klaas is the Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society West Region, which serves communities in Alaska, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

As Executive Vice President, Jeff is the West Region’s senior-most staff executive, driving development and implementation of the Society’s mission and income strategies, and engaging corporate executives, high-level donors, and leadership volunteers in furthering the fight against cancer. Under his leadership, the region’s 550 employees serve 90,000 cancer patients and caregivers; engages thousands of volunteers to support community-based programs; inspires and equips hundreds of companies to provide healthy workplaces; and raises more than $70 million annually to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Jeff began his professional career at Hewlett Packard and Weyerhaeuser. Working for two Fortune 50 companies taught him the business fundamentals that he still uses today. He began a period of successive, professional accomplishments, including senior leadership roles at several public companies and venture capital backed start-ups, one of which was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Hot 100 Fastest Growing Companies in America” in 1999. Opportunistic decisions early in his career included living out of the country and utilizing his skills to serve others through several non-profit organizations.

Business-minded and technology focused, Jeff most recently served as Vice President of Blackbaud. His executive leadership role focused on enhancing revenue, increasing profit, and driving growth in licensing, data analytics and cloud-based applications. Prior to Blackbaud, Jeff served as Vice President, Americas at Christie helping shape the transformation of the traditional hardware manufacturing organization into a global entertainment, media organization through licensing partnerships and M&A. 

He also served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Licensing at SRS. During his tenure, SRS was named one of the best performing public companies and to the Top 100 of America’s Greatest Brands. In 2012, SRS was acquired by DTS, now Xperi.

With extensive work in corporate M&A and private equity, and venture-backed start-ups, he has a proven track record of success and excels at teaching others the best practices needed to compete and scale in highly competitive business environments.

Over the years, the affable, adventurous, social corporate entrepreneur has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire others. He is a published author, accomplished triathlete, and cancer survivor. Jeff is often featured as a guest speaker or panelist sharing his personal story or professional insights on global business strategy and trends. He has been featured in several national publications, on talk radio shows, in Forbes and Iron Man Magazine, and in the Orange County Register. Entrepreneur magazine, the South Florida Business Journal, and Consumer Electronics Magazine have recognized him for his numerous professional accomplishments. He is an award-winning mentor in the Evonexus Incubator Start Up program and is a lecturer at the UCSD Rady School of Management, teaching Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation to Market, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He and his family live in San Diego and are increasingly involved in community and family activities.