Michael D. Gallagher is president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association representing US computer and video game publishers. Under his leadership, the ESA engages in activities that demonstrate the influence of entertainment software on areas of daily life such as education, health, and the workplace. Gallagher’s interest in the broader uses of games helped the ESA focus on highlighting the value of video games as next-generation learning tools and their increasing incorporation into classrooms. His accomplishments include the ESA’s sponsorship of the National STEM Video Game Challenge, part of the White House-led Educate to Innovate campaign. In addition, Gallagher served on the judging panel for the US Department of Agriculture’s Apps for Healthy Kids competition. He leads the ESA’s collaboration with the Congressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology, which educates federal policymakers about the economic, educational, and social benefits of interactive entertainment technology.
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