Brian A. Gallagher

Former President and CEO, United Way Worldwide

Brian A. Gallagher became President and CEO of United Way Worldwide in January 2002. He now leads the national United Way movement, which includes approximately 1,400 community-based United Way organizations, each of which is independent, separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers.

Gallagher began his 20-year United Way career immediately after college, when the organization selected him as a management trainee. He most recently served as president of the United Way of Central Ohio, leading the organization as it redesigned itself from a fundraising federation to a collaborative community leadership organization focused on the region's most pressing issues. 

Prior to moving to Columbus in 1996, Gallagher spent nearly six years at the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, including two years as executive vice president and CEO. 

He currently serves on the board of INDEPENDENT SECTOR.

Born in Chicago and raised in Hobart, Indiana, Gallagher received his bachelor's degree in social work from Ball State University and a master's degree in business from Emory University.

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