David Paine is the president and co-founder of the 9/11 Day Observance and MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit group that organizes the 9/11 Day Observance each year. In the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, David first conceived of the idea of observing 9/11 as a day of good deeds and charitable service in tribute to the 9/11 victims and those who rose in service in response to the attacks. He and Jay Winuk, a close friend who lost his brother in the 9/11 attacks, then joined together to form the nonprofit MyGoodDeed. Over nearly a decade David worked to build awareness of, and support for the observance. In 2009, he helped secure passage of federal bipartisan legislation and Presidential Proclamation that formally established September as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law. In 2011, he lead a nationwide coalition of nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic groups in organizing the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history, in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. More than 30 million Americans, from all 50 states, engaged in good deeds and service in observance of 9/11 that year. Today David oversees the day-to-day operations of the 9/11 Day Observance as president. Under his leadership, 9/11 Day has now become the largest annual day of charitable service and volunteerism in the United States. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from 165 nations visit the group’s website, at 911day.org, with many posting their good deed plans for 9/11. Prior to founding the 9/11 Day Observance, David was a prominent public relations executive and principal owner of the national public relations firm, PainePR. He presently lives with his wife Laney and their three children, in California.