Brian Gallagher is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide.
Gallagher was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Hobart, Indiana. In 1981, he graduated from Ball State University with a degree in social work and started with the United Way as a management trainee. In 1992, he received his MBA from Emory University, and in 2003 Ball State University awarded Gallagher an honorary Doctor of Humanities.
In 2002, Gallagher was appointed to be the President and CEO of the United Way of America, a position he held until 2009 when United Way of America and United Way International joined to form United Way Worldwide, where he acts as President and CEO. He received total compensation of more than $1.5 million in 2012.
In January 2017, he was appointed by then-Governor of Indiana Mike Pence as a trustee of his alma mater Ball State University for a term lasting until December 31, 2020.