Mardi Gras

When: Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Where: The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh (Hotel)
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15222

The 20th Annual Mardi Gras Gala black tie event will be held on March 4, 2014 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The EFWCP is proud to announce this year’s event honorees are Mr. David Shapira and Mrs. Cynthia Shapira.

David S. Shapira holds the position of Executive Chairman, Board of Directors of Giant Eagle, Inc. He also currently holds numerous positions with other outside organizations including:

American Pardes Foundation - Director

BNY Mellon Foundation of Southern Pennsylvania - Director

Carnegie Mellon University – Past Chairman and currently on Board of Trustees

Deer Leasing Company - President

ECHO Developers, LLC – Co-Chairman

EQT Corporation – Board of Directors

Extra Mile Education Foundation – Board of Directors

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh – Board of Directors

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – Past Chairman & Currently on Board of Directors

Jewish Healthcare Foundation – Past Chairman

Oberlin College - Trustee

Pittsburgh Symphony – Past Chairman and currently on Board of Directors

United Way of Allegheny County – Currently on Board of Directors

United Way Fundraising Campaign – Past Chairman

A native of Pittsburgh, he received a degree in Economics from Oberlin College. He furthered his education at Stanford University where he received an M.A. in Economics. Besides business, his interests include skiing, gardening, golfing, hiking, and reading. He currently resides in Fox Chapel with his wife, Cindy.

Cynthia D. Shapira is a community volunteer. She is on the board of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and was appointed by Governor Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women. She was as a member of the 2012 Pennsylvania Electoral College and co-chaired the Pennsylvania Democratic Women’s event at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Ms. Shapira is a trustee of Brandeis University and corporate secretary of the Jewish Federations of North America. In Pittsburgh, she chairs the PA Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University and serves on the boards of Point Park University, United Way of Allegheny County/executive committee, WQED Pittsburgh, and The Pittsburgh Promise. Ms. Shapira 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.

Ms. Shapira 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. Her clients included major universities, colleges, public school systems, and non-profit organizations across the country. She also served as executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section. Ms. Shapira 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 in political science from Wellesley College.

For more information, please contact the EFWCP special events coordinator at 1-800-361-5885 or via email at

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