President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian A. Gallagher is president and chief executive officer of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately-funded NGO.
He is a regular contributor to a number of high-profile global discussions, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), Clinton Global Initiative and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, among others. Gallagher frequently speaks about critical issues ranging from sustainable growth in emerging economies to the ability of public/private partnerships to drive innovation and create long-term human success.
Under Gallagher’s stewardship, United Way has shifted the focus of its mission to education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. This universal approach has been adopted in 41 countries and territories. In 2008, United Way launched the LIVE UNITED campaign to engage communities in a more inclusive strategic effort. LIVE UNITED is an invitation to give, to advocate, to volunteer – an opportunity for all people to think of themselves as part of the solution.
Gallagher came to United Way in 1981 as a management trainee, and has held positions in several communities throughout the U.S., including president of United Way of Central Ohio in Columbus. In 2002, he took on the role of president and CEO of United Way of America, quickly establishing new membership standards that required internal consistency and public transparency in financial reporting. His next priority was to take United Way beyond fundraising and transform the organization into a driver of long-term community change.
United Way has become a leader in improving lives and communities around the world. In 2009, United Way of America and United Way International merged to become United Way Worldwide. Four years later, nearly 1,800 United Ways are engaged in community impact work, from an early education initiative in Houston, Texas to an anti-Hepatitis campaign in Mumbai, India.
Gallagher serves on the steering committee for the WEF’s Financial Inclusion initiative, and is also a member of the WEF’s NGO Advisory Committee and Global Gender Parity Group. He served as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Sector, America’s Promise, Ball State University Foundation, and Leadership 18.
He is the father of two daughters, Katie and Maggie, and lives with his wife, Ramona, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.