Obama taps Pittsburgher for U.S. Department of Agriculture position
Pittsburgher Evan Segal has been nominated by President Barack Obama to assume the position of chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Segal will serve with Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“Evan has a solid track record of building and managing a company and his management expertise will be put to good use as CFO at USDA,” said Vilsack in a press release. “His private sector background will add a unique perspective that will strengthen the department’s management team.”
Segal is the former president and owner of Dormont Manufacturing Company, located in Export, Pa. The company is the leading manufacturer of flexible stainless steel gas appliance connectors. Under Segal’s management, the company experienced dramatic growth, increasing sales from $5 million to $60 million while creating 250 new jobs.
Segal has been involved in a variety of charitable and philanthropic organizations, and currently serves as chairman of the Evan and Tracy Segal Family Foundation, which focuses on health care, environmental and human needs.
Segal is also a member of the United Jewish Federation Pittsburgh management committee, board member at Community Day School and member of the board of directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Life.
Additionally, Segal serves as an executive in residence at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, and as a mentor to start-up
businesses. He is also a member of the Wexner Heritage Program.
Segal was the initiator of the UJF’s Sports Night Out, an annual event that drew 800 people this past February, said Jeff Finkelstein, president and CEO of UJF Pittsburgh.
“It was one of the biggest events of the Jewish community and it exceeded all of our expectations,” Finkelstein said. “I’ve gotten to know Evan over the last five or six years. I’ve seen he’s someone who sets his mind to accomplish something, and he gets it done. He is a very strategic thinker and it is great for us as American citizens to know that Evan is going to be working for our government.”
Segal graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in administration and management science and master’s of business administration. Segal and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters.
(Toby Tabachnick can be reached at Tobyt@thejewishchronicle.net.)