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. ♦