9/11 Memorial & Museum Visionary Network
The Next Generation Remembers
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Visionary Network brings people between the ages of 21 and 45 together through acts of advocacy, commemoration, and engagement to deepen their connection to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and to ensure that their generation and future generations remember 9/11 and its aftermath.
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The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Visionary Network provides an opportunity for people between the ages of 21 and 45 to deepen their understanding of the attacks of September 11 and to fulfill a commitment to never forget the lives lost, the sacrifices made, and the ongoing consequences of the day.
Visionaries benefit from networking opportunities hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum; receive discounted rates for Museum events; and receive monthly communications with announcements, save-the-dates, and engagement opportunities.
Learn about a few of our Visionaries below.
Join the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Visionary Network
To connect with others and participate in acts of advocacy, special events, and moments of commemoration, join the Visionary Network today.
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Visionary Leadership Council
The Visionary Network was founded in 2020 by a group of individuals dedicated to preserving the memory of their loved ones and honoring the commitment to never forget. Learn more about the leadership team responsible for the Visionary Network and carrying out its mission.
Sean C. Egan, Founding Visionary
On September 11, 2001, when Sean was 5 years old, he lost his father, New York City Fire Department Captain Martin J. Egan, Jr. Since then, Sean has dedicated his life to service to his community. In 2012, Sean founded Hearing Our Heroes, an organization dedicated to honoring veterans through acts of service. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, New York, and a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sean is currently an Associate at Neuberger Berman.
John Paluska, Founding Visionary
On September 11, 2001, John was an 18-year-old freshman at Fordham University. That day and in the days that followed, John volunteered at Ground Zero, aiding in the rescue and recovery operation. He subsequently joined the Army, becoming a Green Beret with combat deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations. A Purple Heart recipient, John medically retired from the military after over 10 years of service. He currently works at Bank of America Securities, Structured Finance with a focus on Environmental, Social & Governance, and is heavily involved with the company’s military veteran hiring. John is earning his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he has been active in their Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. A former State Department intern and joint fellow with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S Special Operations Command, he also serves on the Fundraising Committee for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Taste of Wall Street, and is a Founding Member of Special Forces Association - Chapter 58.
Robert A. Perretta, Founding Visionary
Rob is currently a director at UBS and has been involved in philanthropy for more than 15 years, currently serving as co-chair for the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center. He serves as chair to the Executive Business Advisory Council for Wagner College and is a Board of Trustee member at Stanstead College Prep. Rob’s cousin Michael D’Auria was a probationary firefighter for the FDNY when he as was killed on September 11, 2001. His father also responded that day along with other family members.
Caitlin Leavey, Founding Visionary
Caitlin was 10 years old on September 11, 2001, when she lost her father, New York City Fire Department Lieutenant Joseph Gerard Leavey. Cait has dedicated her adult life to working with children, focusing on those impacted by trauma and their recovery. She has an undergraduate degree from New York University, a master’s in education management and policy from Loyola Marymount University, and is currently obtaining second master’s degree in counseling in mental health and wellness at NYU. Cait is currently an early childhood teacher in lower Manhattan and is involved in many 9/11 mission-based organizations, including Answer the Call, Tuesday’s Children, and Tunnel to Towers.
Alex is an inaugural member of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and joined the Visionary Network in 2020. A lifelong New Yorker, currently residing on Staten Island, Alex’s professional experience spans nearly 18 years across the government and nonprofit sectors.
Alex currently serves as the executive director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, a public-private partnership supporting 10,000 acres of city, state, and federal parkland in Brooklyn and Queens. Prior to his work with the Conservancy, Alex served as a senior program manager at Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, managing a number of resiliency projects and programs as the city recovered from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. Alex is an Eagle Scout and dedicates time to various volunteer projects throughout the year. He cofounded Friends of Postcards, a group of concerned citizens formed to support Staten Island’s September 11 memorial. Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and investments from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and a master’s degree in community and economic development with a certificate in social entrepreneurship from SUNY Empire.