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. David serves as the day-to-day executive director of 9/11 Day and MyGoodDeed, volunteering much of his time to support the organization. He manages the 9/11 Day national public service campaign, “Born on 9/11,” has developed national educational programming to help students learn about 9/11 through service, and works each year with hundreds of nonprofit partners, corporations, policy leaders and 9/11 family members to build participation in 9/11 Day. Under the leadership of David, and his co-founder Jay Winuk, 9/11 Day has grown to become the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States.
The idea of making 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally conceived in the winter of 2001 by David, who at the time of 9/11 was CEO of PainePR, a national PR and marketing agency in California. David had grown up and worked for many years in the NYC area, before moving to California in 1984. Like many Americans who witnessed the 9/11 attacks, David felt compelled to act, and was inspired by the remarkable spirit of unity, compassion and service that brought together so many Americans and others throughout the world in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. “I thought it would be a wonderful thing if we could honor those who lost their lives, were injured, or rose in service, by keeping that spirit of service and unity alive, at least for one day out of the year,” Paine said. In the Spring of 2002 David formed a nonprofit called One Day’s Pay to help support the growth of the idea. Soon thereafter, David was joined by Jay Winuk, a close friend and former work colleague, who had lost his brother Glenn in the attacks. Jay became co-founder of One Day’s Pay. (In 2007, the name of One Day’s Pay was changed to MyGoodDeed.) Together they worked tirelessly toward the goal of establishing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law, which they achieved in 2009, when the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama joined together to pass federal bipartisan legislation that formally recognized September as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law. In 2011, David helped build and 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, besides running 9/11 Day, David is a regular contributor to publications and blogs, and speaks frequently to groups about the growth of 9/11 Day, and the importance of goodness in overcoming tragedy. He also runs a private internet development company, Paineacs Inc., in Newport Beach.
Prior to founding the 9/11 Day Observance, David founded and lead the national public relations firm, PainePR, an award-winning agency known both for its outstanding creative work, as well as its pioneering use of innovative humanistic philosophies in the workplace. During David’s tenure, the firm was named “Best Managed,” “Best Place to Work,” and “Most Creative” among national agencies, and also won more than 200 awards for its work. David decided to sell his interest in the firm in 2008 to dedicate more time to the 9/11 Day Observance. The agency is now called Citizen Relations, based in Los Angeles, New York and Orange County.
David presently lives with his wife Laney and their children in California, squeezing in a little time now and then to work on his new vegetable garden. Feel free to contact David by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay is a frequent public speaker and a leading national voice about volunteerism, charitable service, terrorism, individual empowerment and his own experience as the brother of a murdered 9/11 first responder. His work, commentary and personal story have been featured in major news media reports, documentaries and books throughout the nation and world. Jay was a featured speaker at the nationally televised ServiceNation “Presidential Candidates Forum” at Columbia University, representing the 9/11 family community and delivering his remarks just prior to those of candidates U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. Since co-founding MyGoodDeed, Jay has spoken about charitable service and volunteerism before dozens of audiences – including at national conferences, corporate and annual meetings, press conferences with national legislative leaders, charitable events, on Capitol Hill, at colleges and high schools and more. Opinion pieces and articles Jay has written about these themes have been published by numerous media outlets and organizations, including CNN.com, Yahoo News, the National Constitution Center, Gannett Newspapers, McClatchy, Maria Shriver.com, the HandsOn Network, The Record and the United States Department of State, which invited Jay to write a piece for its publication, “Resilience After Terrorism,” which was distributed to all U.S. embassies around the world in 2011. In June 2011, Jay received from President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute the “Daily Point of Light Award” for “creating meaningful change in communities across America” and “helping to shape a better tomorrow for our nation.” In September 2008, Jay and David received the “President’s Call to Service Award” from The White House, one of the nation’s highest civilian service honors. In December 2011, Jay received the “Most Inspiring Person of the Year” Award” from Beliefnet, the largest online resource for inspiration and spirituality. In September 2011, he and David were awarded the “Teammates in the Community Award” by the New York Mets and the Citi Foundation for their work promoting service and volunteerism. In recognition of his work in the national service sector, and as a tribute to his late brother Glenn, Jay was invited by U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be her guest at President George W. Bush’s final “State of the Union” address on January 28, 2008. Upon the killing of terrorist Osama Bin Laden by the U.S. military in May 2011, Jay was invited by the White House to be among a select group of 9/11 family members to meet privately with President Barack Obama. In association with his late brother’s law firm, Holland & Knight, Jay directs the Glenn J. Winuk Humanitarian Fund, which provides scholarships to college students demonstrating a record of community service and makes other charitable grants In addition to his leadership role for MyGoodDeed, Jay serves as president of Winuk Communications, Inc., the public relations agency he founded in 1994. He has won numerous national public relations awards, including Silver and Bronze Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America, the industry’s highest honors, and has provided PR support to many of the nation’s leading corporations, nonprofits and other organizations. Previously, Jay was an executive at Burson-Marsteller and Golin/Harris, two of the nation’s top 10 PR firms, and served as director of public relations for Radio City Productions, the nation’s leading live entertainment company. He also was a partner and managing director of Dirty Water Integrated, a branding/advertising/PR agency. Over the years, Jay’s clients have included the NFL Alumni Association, The Coca-Cola Company, General Foods, the city of Berlin, Pfizer, Kreindler & Kreindler, a Journey for 9/11, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Citibank, Clear Channel Entertainment, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Robert K. Futterman & Associates and many others. Jay began his career in the nonprofit sector, serving as the director of public relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. He earned a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University and a B.A. degree in communications from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
AnnMaura Connolly is the Chief Strategy Officer of City Year. As CSO, AnnMaura directs City Year’s public policy and public affairs work, manages relationships with national leaders and organizational partners, oversees City Year’s international programs, and collaborates with the CEO on strategic advancement issues. Additionally, AnnMaura serves as a co-convenor of ServiceNation, and oversees the day-to-day operations of Voices for National Service, a coalition of service organizations that works to advance citizen service policy. AnnMaura has over 20 years of experience in the service field, beginning with her service year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and including senior management positions at Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She has also acted as an independent consultant to a variety of foundations and nonprofits, including the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She joined City Year as Chief of Staff in 2000, and went on to serve as the Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, and Chief External Affairs Officer before being named CSO in May of 2010.