Lance Kilpatrick Joins American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to Lead Government Relations in Maryland, Delaware & D.C.

Kilpatrick will spearhead ACS CAN’s policy campaigns aimed at limiting the impact of cancer

March 27, 2023

ANNAPOLIS, MD – MARCH 27, 2023 – Lance Kilpatrick has joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as the Government Relations Director in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. In this role, Kilpatrick will lead ACS CAN’s efforts to advance legislation and public policies to reduce cancer.

“Cancer has touched all of our lives, and I’m excited to do my part to help advance legislation and policies that will save lives from this horrible disease,” Kilpatrick said. “There is a lot of work to be done in Annapolis, Dover and the District on behalf of the cancer community. I look forward to working with elected officials, volunteers, community partners and leaders and organizations to secure such policies and help reduce suffering and death from cancer.”

Kilpatrick comes to ACS CAN after a dozen years at AARP’s national office, serving on campaign teams that led to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare Part D.  Most recently he served as AFSCME Maryland’s Legislative & Political Director, working with Executive Board members and other Council staff to expand collective bargaining rights for higher education and public defender employees; enhance worker wages and working conditions; and expand disability and retirement benefits. 

ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization. To contact Lance Kilpatrick or get involved in ACS CAN’s legislative agenda in Maryland, Delaware and D.C. visit




The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that improves the lives of people with cancer and their families. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures. We’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. Join the fight by visiting

Media Contacts

Casey O'Neill
Senior Regional Media Advocacy Manager
Lance Kilpatrick
Government Relations Director