Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Michael Gleba: Scaife Foundation's Low-Key Leader

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Michael Gleba: Scaife Foundation's Low-Key Leader

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In an era in which the loudest voice often prevails, Michael Gleba found a quiet path to immense influence.

Mr. Gelba, 47, of Edgewood is the CEO of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, which started seeding the conservative field before he was born. Now the foundation boasts $708 million in assets and dozens of lines into the next president. But don't look for Mr. Gleba on talk shows.

"He's very low-key and he's not a self-promoter in any way at all," said H. Yale Gutnick, an attorney who worked for the foundation and brought Mr. Gleba into its fold. "He thinks everything through. He cogitates over every issue."

Woven into the nation's conservative networks, Mr. Gleba avoids the fringes, according to those who know him.

"He's not a ranter," said Jerry Bowyer, an economic research consultant who got to know Mr. Gleba when they were both involved with the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, a think tank based in Castle Shannon. He described Mr. Gleba as "a conservative/libertarian, but maybe more hawkish than some," and sullied neither by prejudice nor by the more arcane interests of his patron, the late billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.

"He didn't necessarily share the idiosyncrasies of what I somewhat affectionately call Scaife World - like Vince Foster conspiracy theories," Mr. Bowyer said, referring to Mr. Scaife's attempts to tar Bill and Hillary Clinton with the 1993 suicide of a deputy White House counsel.

Mr. Gleba is the son of an engineer/surveyor who moved the family from Braddock to Forest Hills. The son was a Boy Scout and "extremely bright young man" who graduated second in his class at Central Catholic High School, said Frank Gamrat, a classmate who is a researcher at the Allegheny Institute.

Mr. Gleba got a degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University, and then a law degree from Duquesne University. …

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