© 2016 The David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation. 

David S. Shapira
Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.
Chairman, Shapira Foundation
 

During his thirty-plus years as chairman, chief executive officer and president, David Shapira positioned Giant Eagle, Inc. as an industry leader, and grew the company from a local chain of 50 grocery stores to an organization now employing 36,000 with more than 420 locations and $9.6 billion in revenue.

 

A Pittsburgh native with an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Stanford University, Mr. Shapira joined Giant Eagle in 1970, a company founded by his grandfather with four others. Today, the same five families own Giant Eagle, and remain actively involved.

 

Named president and CEO in 1980 and Chairman of the Giant Eagle Board of Directors in 1992, David led the company during its peak years of growth and transformation, which included his application of a world-class customer loyalty program with the development of the Giant Eagle Advantage Card and fuelperks!.

 

Mr. Shapira has implemented numerous industry-leading technologies and marketing concepts, including: gift card development and sales, in-store pharmacy and banking, multi-format retailing, and a truck fleet that is being converted to run on compressed natural gas.

 

Since stepping away from day-to-day operations of Giant Eagle in 2013, David has applied the entrepreneurial approach developed at Giant Eagle to the world of philanthropy. Through the Foundation he leads with his wife Cindy and in partnership with the Beacon Foundation, David has led the development of a number of projects that demonstrate real and meaningful positive impact on civic challenges of our day. These entrepreneurial philanthropic ventures include Onward Israel, which transforms young adults through professional summer internships with Israeli businesses and organizations, and the Comprehensive Excellence initiative at Hillel International.

 

David’s civic involvement reflects his and Giant Eagle’s commitment to advancing and investing in the many communities the company and Foundation serve. David has served on numerous corporate and civic boards, including EQT, Mellon Bank, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (Past Chairman). David is the Immediate Past Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees, and the current Chairman of Carnegie Mellon’s Investment Committee, as well as a Trustee at Oberlin College, and a Founding Co-Chairman, along with Cindy, of The Pittsburgh Promise Campaign. 

 

David’s philanthropic board service has also included the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (Past Chairman); Jewish Healthcare Foundation (Past Chairman); United Way of Allegheny County (Past Chairman of the Annual Campaign); Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Past Chairman); Extra Mile Foundation; and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. David is currently Chair of the Hillel Foundation International Board of Governors.

Cynthia Shapira
President
 

Cynthia D. Shapira is President of the Shapira Foundation.  With her husband David, she leads the development and implementation of the foundation’s initiatives, such as Onward Israel (which transforms young adults through professional summer internships with Israeli businesses) and the Comprehensive Excellence project with Hillel International (creating a data-informed culture to define and achieve a new standard for non-profit operational excellence.)

 

Cindy is Chair of the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. She served as Vice-Chair of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's transition team, and also serves on the Governor's Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. She was appointed by Governor Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women and was a member of the 2012 Pennsylvania Electoral College. In 2017, Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf recognized Cindy as one of this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, honoring women who have shown distinguished service through professional careers and/or voluntary service.

 

Cindy is a trustee of Brandeis University. She serves as a Board Member of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Past service includes chair of the Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics at Chatham University, and the boards of Point Park University, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Pittsburgh Promise, United Way of Allegheny County, and WQED Pittsburgh.  Cindy is immediate past Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

 

Cindy was Honorary Co-Chair of Allegheny 365, an initiative to ensure access to individuals of varying abilities in Allegheny County, and founded the 21 & Able policy project to address the needs of youth with disabilities aging out.  She was a management consultant for twenty years in the non-profit and education sectors, including ten years as executive vice president of Pappas Consulting Group, Inc.

 

Cindy has a Master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Wellesley College. 

 
Joshua Donner
Executive Director

Joshua has extensive experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. As Executive Director of the Shapira Foundation, he works closely with the Foundation Chair and President to develop and advance philanthropic investments that leverage their extended philanthropic and civic interests and entrepreneurial approach to achieving impact.  In addition to overseeing a multi-million dollar grantmaking portfolio, Joshua has been integral in the conception, launch, and scaling of a number of Foundation-led initiatives, including Hillel International’s Comprehensive Excellence program, The Springboard Fellowship, and Onward Israel.

 

Prior to this role, Joshua served as Planning Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. At the Federation, he was responsible for implementing and overseeing Federation’s distribution of more than $20m each year to support community priorities. Joshua was instrumental in restructuring how Federation works with beneficiary agencies, updating the organization’s grantmaking policies and processes, and advancing a number of key community initiatives. Joshua was also directly responsible for Federation’s Jewish Learning and Community life agenda, working with community volunteers and agency staff to articulate a vision for an integrated service system, define desired community outcomes, identify unmet community needs, and seek new resources for innovative programs.

 

Joshua holds Master’s Degrees in Public Policy from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and Jewish Professional Studies from The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, and a bachelor's degree in Social and Decision Sciences from the Dietrich School at Carnegie Mellon University. He currently serves as Chair of JPRO Pittsburgh, board member of Alumni Theater Company, and is a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh scorecard committee. Past board roles include Joshua Venture Group, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and Temple Sinai. He lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife and two sons.

Dana Levine Kunzman
Program Officer

Dana has extensive experience in the government sector managing and coordinating initiatives across systems to ensure the development and delivery of quality programs.  She has worked with community stakeholders and public entities to leverage diverse resources, envisioning innovative approaches to improving outcomes.  As a Program Officer of the Shapira Foundation, she works closely with the Foundation leadership to develop and advance strategic philanthropic initiatives.  

 

Dana has been consulting for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations supporting efforts to improve outcomes for children, schools and communities. She has partnered with leaders committed to incorporating research-based practices, measuring impact and increasing organizational effectiveness.  Intricately involved in a variety of projects spanning the continuum from theory to practice, Dana has been able to provide system-building support and advance key initiatives across the region. 

 

Prior to this role, Dana was a government affairs and policy specialist at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While with DHS, she had a significant role in shaping strategy with local stakeholders in the region focusing on the integration of systems and the implementation of state and national policies affecting the education of youth in care.  Dana worked with numerous government agencies and community providers, ensuring adherence to project milestones and assisting in the development of creative solutions to challenges faced in the implementation of programs and policies. 

 

Dana holds a BA from Goucher College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.  A graduate of Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Institute, she volunteered on multiple Allegheny County political campaigns and has served on the Boards of the Jewish Residential Services and Squirrel Hill Health Center.  Dana is married with two children and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.