Director of Development
John Federico is Director of Development for Ralston Center. For nearly 30 years, John has worked primarily as a fundraiser for several prominent theatre and opera companies and performing arts service organizations, including Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF), Pittsburgh Opera and City Theatre Company. John has planned and executed annual and comprehensive campaigns ranging in size from $1.4 million to $17-million; solicited and stewarded several gifts of $1 million or more; and supported presentations of more than 150 operas, plays and musicals. John is especially proud to have been a part of the creation of the Chairman’s Awards Gala for NCTF in 1997 and of participating in the fundraising effort that resulted in the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention in Pittsburgh in 2004.
At Ralston Center, John is focused on building corporate and major gift programs to complement the organization’s strong track record of foundation support.
A graduate of Fordham University (BA, English) and Brooklyn College (MFA, Performing Arts Management), John has served on the boards of the Downtown Pittsburgh Rotary Club (Chair, Program Committee) and the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education (President). John is married to Debbie Federico, with whom he has raised two daughters, Gina and Christa.