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Brian Eglash

Brian Eglash

Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Brian Eglash is the Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President, overseeing all development operations such as the annual campaign, Federation Foundation, supplemental giving, capital campaigns, corporate giving and government grants. In addition to the development responsibilities, he also supervises the Community Relations department.

Brian joined the staff of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh in 1997 as Assistant Planning Director and Partnership 2000 Coordinator. He has held several positions within the Federation including: Director of Allocations and Overseas Operations (October 2000 to October 2002); Director of Agency Endowment Development (October 2002 to October 2004); Director of Campaign and Financial Resource Development (October 2004 to June 2008); and Senior Vice President & FRD (June 2008-June 2011). He is also a graduate of the Jewish Federations of North America's Mandel Executive Development Program.

Previously, he held multiple responsibilities at the Jewish Agency/World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem, Israel. He was Coordinator of Project OTZMA, Director of Sherut La'am, and eventually served as Director of Long Term English Language programs.

In 1990, Brian made aliyah (immigration) to Israel from his home town of Milwaukee and served in the prestigious NAHAL infantry/airborne combat unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. He was on active duty during the first Gulf War and also served in a reserve IDF combat unit from 1993-97.

In Israel, he also served as summer guest lecturer to visiting American Youth delegates on Middle Eastern/Jewish affairs for the World Zionist Education Department, and worked as an education consultant to the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad. In 1997 he received the "Outstanding Jewish Educator & Professional" award from the Joint Authority for Jewish Zionist Education; in 2003 he was awarded the World Council of Jewish Communal Service Distinguished Service Award; and in 2006 was given the Doris and Leonard H. Rudolph Jewish Communal Professional Award.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. He also holds a Masters of Arts degree from UWM in Educational Policy and Community Studies specializing in Middle Eastern/Contemporary Jewish studies. In December of 2015, Brian completed his Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (CAP) designation from the American College of Pennsylvania and is a certified 21/64 Certified Advisor in family philanthropy.

During his years of service at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh he has had the opportunity to be intimately involved in several international projects that affect the Ethiopian community such as the Ethiopian National Project as well as several projects that work toward integrating Ethiopian Jews into Israeli society. Four times Brian has visited Ethiopia to witness the impact of the Federation's overseas partners in supporting those waiting to make "aliyah" in Ethiopia. He co-chaired the United Jewish Communities Campaign Chairs and Directors mission to Ethiopia in July 2007, the largest Diaspora Jewish delegation in history to visit that country.

He previously chaired UJC’s Large City Campaign Directors Group, the UJC financial resource development professional group and JFNA's Senior Advisory FRD group. He was also a past member of JFNA's National FRD Cabinet.

On the morning of October 27, 2018, Brian was early on called early on to the scene near the Tree of Life Congregation, and immediately began working with the Federation CEO, organizing, strategizing and implementing the Pittsburgh Federation's response to the massacre in their "back yard". Brian led the cross functional team of key Federation staff from that day forward. In the months following the attack, they addressed everything from security, mental health needs, spiritual resilience, fundraising, community relations and numerous other needs.

Brian met his wife Rachel in Israel in January, 1990. Rachel had made aliyah from her native Ethiopia several months before and had been studying in ulpan at the time. Brian, his wife Rachel, now a dentist, daughter Daniella and son Yonathan reside in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.