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Joseph Daniels CEO

Former America250 CEO, Non-Profit Leader

Joseph Daniels CEO
New York City United States (New York)
Professional Status
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About Me
Joe Daniels is a seasoned leader with a distinguished career spanning over two decades in the nonprofit sector. His expertise ranges from local initiatives to national endeavors, highlighting his proficiency in program management, fundraising, team development, and stakeholder engagement.

As the pioneering President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Joseph Daniels orchestrated a transformative decade marked by visionary leadership. Over this period, he oversaw the institution's evolution from inception to execution, securing over $500 million in funding, cultivating a workforce of nearly 500, and skillfully managing an operating budget exceeding $80 million. His ability to forge effective collaborations with diverse stakeholders, including Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg and a dynamic board, exemplifies his prowess in fostering constructive partnerships.

Stepping into the role of President and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum, Joseph Daniels continued to demonstrate his capacity for driving impactful initiatives. Leading efforts to honor the valor of Medal of Honor recipients, he strategically assembled a distinguished Board of Directors, secured $80 million in funding amid pandemic challenges, and adeptly managed site selection and museum design, culminating in a significant groundbreaking event in Arlington, TX, on May 25, 2022.

Joseph Daniels extended his leadership impact as President and CEO of America250, a visionary endeavor commissioned by Congress to celebrate the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026. His strategic acumen was evident in the formation of a dynamic team that conceived a visionary blueprint for the Semiquincentennial celebration, further attesting to his commitment to shaping pivotal historical milestones.

Joseph Daniels' commitment to driving positive change took root during his tenure at the Robin Hood Foundation, where he spearheaded initiatives aimed at mitigating poverty. As Chief of External Initiatives, he catalyzed efforts to establish libraries in schools catering to disadvantaged communities, fostering collaborations with NYC agencies, corporations, and the architectural community.

Recognized for his exceptional leadership, Joseph Daniels garnered acclaim from prestigious organizations, including the Aspen Institute, which recognized him as a Henry Crown Fellow. His academic achievements, including a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a B.A. in history from Washington University in St. Louis, further underscore his dedication to excellence.

With over 25 years residing in New York City, Joseph Daniels, along with his wife Naomi, have actively contributed to their community, exemplified by their dedicated membership in Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue. His multifaceted impact as a CEO and leader continues to shape the nonprofit landscape, leaving an indelible legacy.
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2021 to 2022

CEO, President

National Medal of Honor Museum
2018 to 2021

CEO, President

National September 11 Memorial and Museum
2005 to 2016


University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

cum laude

B.A. History

Washington University in St. Louis

  • management
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Fundraising
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • English
Awards & Organizations

The Aspen Institute – Henry Crown Fellowship Program

US‐Japan Leadership Program Fellow

British American Project Fellow

Young Presidents’ Organization

Gotham Chapter

NYC & Company

2011 - 2018
Board Member