Newsmaker: James Wagner
Noteworthy: The Jewish National Fund on May 8 will present James Wagner with its Guardian of Israel Award, recognizing Wagner for his long-time dedication to Pittsburgh's Jewish community and his commitment to Israel. He is a second-generation recipient of the award. His father, Arnold Wagner, received it in 1995.
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Wife, Rochelle; sons, Michael and David
Background: Wagner is president of Wagner Agency Inc., an independent property and casualty insurance agency. He has held a number of organizational leadership roles over 35 years, including as a board member of Temple David, Adat Shalom, B'nai Israel, ZOA, B'nai Zion, Israel Bonds and Hillel/JUC. He serves on the board of directors, the executive committee and as vice chair of development at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and is the past annual campaign chair. He has traveled to Israel four times, studied at Tel Aviv University and participated in the MARVA Israeli Army Experience.
Education: Bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985
Quote: “My involvement comes from love for my Jewish community and my family's passion for creating a better world here and in Israel.”