Gallagher was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was 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 receievd 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.
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