Brian Gallagher:
Chief Executive of
United Way of America

December 12, 2001: Brian Gallagher speaks at a September 11th Fund press conference. Actor George Clooney stands to the right
with Lawrence Mandell, Executive Vice President and CEO of United Way of New York, and Frank Thomas September 11th Fund Chairman.

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2002

In November 2001, Brian Gallagher became the new president and CEO of United Way of America, the charity that organized the celebrity telethon which raised over $266 million for the victims of September 11.

United Way of America is the national headquarters for the local United Way groups that make a positive impact on every community across America. Before his appointment, Gallagher, who has spent his entire professional career with the United Way organization, was president of United Way of Central Ohio.

Gallagher outlined his priorities for United Way in the coming months: “Americans have given an unprecedented amount of money in response to the attacks on September 11, and United Way must continue to do everything in our power to ensure that all of the money raised is invested in the most effective and efficient manner possible.”

Gallagher added: “As a community leader, United Way must also work with public and private sector partners to develop a national response plan for any future local and national needs that may arise out of this `war on terrorism’.”

Gallagher is married with two daughters. ♦

Leave a Reply


More Articles

Photographer Peter Foley spent months documenting the aftermath of 9/11.
The Phoenix
A Tribute to 9/11

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Carl Corcoran and Art McGann collaborated to produce The Phoenix. Corcoran, a music...


A Theory About the Irish

Irish Americans are among the most generous in the world — the evidence is there in the World Giving Index. But...


History Loves a Parade
260 Years of the New York
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:00 pm EST, 8:00 pm Ireland The New York Irish Center Presents: History Loves A...


The Life and Death
of Seneca Village

An exhibition tells the story of an interracial community destroyed to make way for New York’s Central...