Joe Daniels is not your ordinary CEO. He has run with the bulls in Pamplona, bungee jumped 330 feet in the Alps, and attempted a 360-degree turn while skiing in Colorado.
Daniels currently serves as the President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. As its head, Daniels directs planning, construction and development for the new memorial and museum. In 2005, he began serving as acting president, and a year later, was officially named president and chief executive officer.
As a result of Daniels’ dedication to his work, the 9/11 Memorial, which will honor the victims of Sept. 11, has already received donations from contributors in all 50 states and 28 countries. Under his leadership, the 9/11 Memorial has also raised more than $200 million.
Since 2002, Daniels has been an active board member for another non-profit, The HOPE Program, an organization based in Brooklyn that offers job training, food, and emergency grants to New Yorkers in need. In 2009, he was named as one of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.
During his free time, Daniels coaches his son's Little League team and enjoys walking and rollerblading around the city. He is also attempting to read all the books on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels list.
When old and gray, Daniels would like people to remember that he always tried to “make the moments he had and the people he was with happy.”
Daniels holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He lives in lower Manhattan with his wife, Naomi, and their three children.
By Meghan Walsh, Communications Associate with the 9/11 Memorial