Cynthia D. Shapira is President of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation, and a community activist. She was former chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation and former Vice Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. She is on the board and executive committee of the Jewish Agency for Israel and chair of the United Israel Appeal.

Ms. Shapira serves as Chair of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and formerly was a trustee of Brandeis University and Point Park University.  She serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Previously Ms. Shapira served as Chair of the PA Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University and on the boards of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Promise, WQED, Point Park University, and Vibrant Pittsburgh.

Ms. Shapira was Vice Chair of the Transition Team for PA Governor-elect Tom Wolf and sits on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Education and Workforce Development.  She was a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission under Governor Tom Corbett, sat on the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Commission, and was a member of the 2012 Pennsylvania Electoral College. 

Ms. Shapira was Honorary Co-Chair of Allegheny 365, an initiative to ensure access to individuals of varying abilities in Allegheny County.  She was a founder of the 21 & Able initiative with the United Way to address the needs of youth with disabilities aging out of the education system and continues to work on that project.

Ms. Shapira was a management consultant for over twenty years in the non-profit and education sectors.  She is currently a candidate for a doctorate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA summa cum laude from Wellesley College.