The National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s board of directors today voted to name Alice Greenwald as president and CEO. As director of the museum since 2006, Greenwald has spent the past decade envisioning and helping build the museum experience to commemorate and honor the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks and the Feb. 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
She will continue her functions as museum director in her new role, which begins Jan. 1. She succeeds outgoing president and CEO Joe Daniels.
“Alice has been instrumental to every detail in the design, inspiration, and operation of the museum, and she is uniquely qualified to sustain the memorial and museum’s profound role in telling the story of 9/11,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, chairman of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. “I join the entire board in congratulating Alice and lending her our full support as she builds on Joe Daniels’ exceptional work. I am confident the institution will flourish under Alice’s capable stewardship.”
During her tenure as director, Greenwald and her team led the creation of the 9/11 Memorial Museum experience. She planned and developed the museum’s exhibitions, facilitated its 2014 opening, and launched programs that reach millions of people around the world. Under her leadership, a record 7.4 million visitors have come to the museum. In just the past year, the Museum welcomed Pope Francis and unveiled its first major special exhibition, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11.”
“I’m deeply humbled to have been selected by the Board to succeed Joe Daniels as the next President of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum,” Alice Greenwald said. “In today’s world, the need to help New Yorkers and Americans reckon with the tragedy of such immense loss has only grown. Even as the September, 11, 2001 attacks recede further into memory, the nearly 30 million people who have visited the Memorial in recent years are a testament to its enduring importance. I’m honored to have been chosen to be the keeper of that mission.”
By 9/11 Memorial Staff