David Paine

David Paine

David Paine

President and Co-founder

David Paine is the president and co-founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, (“9/11 Day”).

David created 9/11 Day in 2002 in collaboration with his close friend Jay Winuk. Jay had lost his brother Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter/EMT who was killed in the line of duty during the rescue effort at the World Trade Center.

"We didn’t want the terrorists to have the last word, or allow them to forever define how future generations of Americans would learn about, remember and observe 9/11," David says. Inspired instead by a remarkable spirit of national unity and compassion that arose in response to the terrorist attacks, David and Jay wanted to transform 9/11 from day of tragedy into a day of national unity and doing good. The idea with 9/11 Day was simple: Invite Americans to do one good deed on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in tribute to 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, military, those injured and others impacted by 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“For a period of time after 9/11, we weren’t Red States of Blue States. We were the United States,” David says, “People did everything they could to help one another, not only the victims of the attacks, but people they didn’t know, perfect strangers who might have been stranded, or needed a helping hand. We wanted to keep that spirit of togetherness and service alive as a permanent and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, first responders, members of our military and others who rose in service in response to the attacks."

Under David’s leadership, 9/11 Day has grown to become the nation’s largest annual day of service in the United States, now formally recognized under federal law and Presidential Proclamation. As president and chief operating officer, David creates and oversees many of 9/11 Day’s programs, including its nationwide 9/11 Day Meal Pack volunteer service projects, now held in eight major U.S. cities, which mobilize more than 12,000 volunteers who together pack over three million non-perishable meals for people in need. David also guides national fundraising, works closely with hundreds of companies and other organizations, and coordinates federal activities in support of 9/11 Day, working with the U.S. Congress, White House and the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency that oversees national service programs including AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps.

Prior to creating 9/11 Day, 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 lives with his wife Laney and their four children, Ryan, Alyssa, Eric and Matthew, in California.

Feel free to contact David by email at: david.paine@911day.org.