Allison Blais

Allison Blais, the chief strategy officer for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, smiles for a portrait photo.

Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Strategy

Allison Blais is the chief strategy officer for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. She is also coauthor of A Place of Remembrance, the official book of the organization. In her current role, Blais oversees a team focused on the 9/11 Memorial & Museum's ongoing sustainability and relevance, including strategic planning, earned revenue and business analytics, commemorations and events, priority institution-wide initiatives, and business partnerships.

Blais has worked on the World Trade Center rebuilding since 2004. Prior to her current role, she served as chief operating officer for two years following the 9/11 Memorial Museum opening, leading departments responsible for operations, revenue and business analytics, facilities, design and construction, and IT.

Before becoming COO, she served as the president and CEO’s chief of staff for eight years through the planning, design, building, operational ramp-up, and opening of both the Memorial and the Museum. Prior to her work at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, she worked in the chairman’s and president’s offices of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged with planning the rebuilding and revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. 

Before her work downtown, Blais managed capital projects for major cultural institutions and construction companies throughout New York City and worked at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.

She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University, where she serves on the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and received a master's degree in American studies from Columbia University.

She lives in lower Manhattan with her husband and daughter.