Ralph de la Vega is Chairman of the De La Vega group, which focuses on investments in entrepreneurial startups. He is the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc., and the author of Obstacles Welcome. He is actively focused on helping young people reach their full potential.


Florida Atlantic University
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa
1972 – 1974
Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical Engineering, Honors Graduate
University Of Virginia
Completed The Executive Program at the Darden School of Business Administration
Northern Illinois University
1987 – 1989
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business/Managerial Economics
Miami Dade College
1970 – 1972
Associate in Arts, Pre-Engineering, Honors Graduate

Honors & Awards

Northern Illinois University
May 2018 | College of Business
Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Florida Atlantic University
October 2014
Talon Alumni Leadership Award
Honorary Doctorate
Emory University
Global Innovation Award
American Association Of Community Colleges
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Miami Dade College
Outstanding Alumni Award
Triunfador Award
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Miami Dade College Hall of Fame
Hispanic Scholarship Hall of Fame

My Passion

Helping Young People Achieve Their Potential Worldwide

Junior Achievement
Executive Committee (2009 – present)
Chairman (2009 – 2013)

As one of the world’s largest youth-serving organizations, JA Worldwide prepares young people for the future of jobs. Each year, through the delivery of experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, JA creates pathways for employability and job creation for more than 10 million young people in over 100 countries.

Junior Achievement Ralph de la Vega
Boy Scouts Of America
Chairman – 2017 Jamboree
Chairman – All-Markets Initiatives (2015 – 2017)
Chairman – Hispanic Initiatives (2012 – 2015)

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

The All-Markets Initiatives will increase BSA’s capacity to offer quality and sustainable Scouting experiences to an increased number of youth in all markets.

The national Scout Jamboree is a gathering of thousands of members of the BSA, usually held every four years and organized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Ralph de la Vega Boy Scouts of America
Morehouse College
Trustee (2011 – 2016)

Morehouse College develops men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service. A private, historically black liberal arts college for men, Morehouse realizes this mission by emphasizing the intellectual and character development of its students.

Founded in 1867 and located in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is an academic community dedicated to teaching, scholarship and service, and to the continuing search for truth as a liberating force. As such, the College offers instructional programs in three divisions—business and economics, humanities and social sciences, and science and mathematics.

Morehouse College Ralph de la Vega
Georgia Aquarium
Board member (2011 – 2016)

The Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. It houses tens of thousands of animals, representing several hundred species, all of which reside in 10 million gallons of marine and fresh water and is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere.

One of the Georgia Aquarium’s goals is to be a leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. The Georgia Aquarium conducts research to improve husbandry methods, develop innovative and exciting new exhibits, contribute to the understanding of the underwater world and apply new discoveries to the conservation of aquatic life.

Georgia Aquarium Ralph de la Vega
Latino Donor Collaborative
Board member (2018 – present)

The Latino Donor Collaborative (a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization) works to reframe and advance an accurate perception, portrayal and understanding of the important contributions Latinos make to American society. Through a nonpartisan agenda that partners with media, advertising, politics, corporate America, and civil society, the LDC works to bring further understanding and appreciation to the impact made by Latinos in society, politics, and commerce.

Lilia Latino Donor Collaborative