Our Leadership & Staff

about our organization

The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational institution on a mission to inspire america.

Organized to design, fund, build, and maintain the National Medal of Honor Museum, Monument, and Institute, we are here to recognize the values and ideals of the prestigious Medal of Honor: Courage, Sacrifice, Commitment, Integrity, Citizenship, Patriotism.

Through education, leadership, and inspiring spaces for learning and reflection, we preserve, share, and harness the stories, lives, and impact of Medal of Honor recipients.

Our mission as an organization is to inspire America to its true character and leadership potential—one hero at a time.

HONORARY directors

The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Board is dedicated to making this institution—and its impact—a reality.

Jimmy Carter

The 39th President of the United States


The 42nd President of the United States


The 43rd President of the United States3


The 44th President of the United States

HONORARY Directors

Four living former Commanders-in-Chief – Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and Jimmy Carter – have signed on as Honorary Directors of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, reflecting the importance of our mission.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of leaders who are former heads of each branch of the military, former cabinet-level secretaries, distinguished leaders of business, and generous philanthropists. With their collective vision and efforts, we can all come together to ensure the stories of Medal of Honor recipients are remembered, treasured, and embedded into our country’s future.

Charlotte Jones, Chairman

Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Dallas Cowboys

Peter Stent, Vice Chairman



President and CEO
National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation

SSG David Bellavia, USA

Medal of Honor Recipient

MG Patrick Brady, USA (ret.)

Medal of Honor Recipient

COL Jack Jacobs, USA (ret.)

Medal of Honor Recipient

SOCM (SEAL) Britt Slabinski, USN (ret.)

Medal of Honor Recipient

LTC William Swenson, USA

Medal of Honor Recipient

Dawn Arnall

Business Executive and Philanthropist

Debra Burlingame

9/11 Community Leader

Reed Cordish

Principal and Partner, The Cordish Companies

Thasunda Brown Duckett

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Hayes

Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Tom Higgins

Executive Vice President, Fiserv

Neil Leibman

Co-Owner and COO, Texas Rangers Baseball Club CEO, Summer Energy Inc.

Joel S. Marcus

Executive Chairman and Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc./Alexandria Venture Investments

Brad Meltzer

Author and Television Host

Doug Parker

Chairman and CEO, American Airlines

Henry Ross Perot III (Hill)

Vice President, Hillwood

Christopher Sambar

Executive Vice President, AT&T

Alan Schwartz

Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, L.L.C

Ambassador Craig Stapleton

Senior Advisor, Stone Point Capital
Director of Tenax Aerospace and Vivino Inc.
Co-Owner, St. Louis Cardinals

The Honorable Rex Tillerson

69th U.S. Secretary of State
Former CEO, ExxonMobil

Alexander H. Tisch

Executive Vice President
Loews Hotels & Co

Jared Weinstein

Partner, Thrive Capital

The Honorable Jeff Williams, P.E.

President & CEO, Graham Associates, Inc.

Matthew Zames

America exists because of those who have devoted their lives to freedom. Some of these stories are well known. Too many are not. And all deserved to be told.

Our foundation is dedicated to telling the stories of Medal of Honor recipients so that we can preserve their legacies—and continue to build upon them.

– Charlotte Jones, Chairman & Chris Cassidy, President and CEO

advisory Board

Representing every branch of our armed forces, our Advisory Board knows better than most the gallantry and intrepidity required of our award recipients—and the importance of honoring their legacy.

The Honorable Gordon R. England

29th U.S. Deputy Director of Defense 72nd & 73rd U.S. Secretary of the Navy

The Honorable Eric K. Fanning

22nd U.S. Secretary of the Army President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

The Honorable Emilio T. Gonzalez, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Former Undersecretary of Homeland Security 2nd Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Former Director, National Security Council Co-Chair, Mercury

The Honorable James M. Loy, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security 21st Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group

The Honorable Raymond E. Mabus, Jr.

75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy Founding Principal and CEO, The Mabus Group

The Honorable Robert A. McDonald

8th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Retired Chairman, President and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

The Honorable Sean O’Keefe

69th U.S. Secretary of the Navy Howard & Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management & Leadership, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

The Honorable Leon E. Panetta

23rd U. S. Secretary of Defense Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy

The Honorable F. Whitten Peters

19th U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Senior Counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP

The Honorable David J. Shulkin, MD

9th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs President, Shulkin Solutions, LLC

General Kevin P. Chilton, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (2007-2011) President, Chilton & Associates LLC

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

30th Chief of Naval Operations John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

General Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency Principal, The Chertoff Group

Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, Director of the National Security Agency and Chair of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at The University of Texas

General Charles C. Krulak, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

31st Commandant of the Marine Corps

General Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff President, Kansas State University

Admiral Eric T. Olson, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Commander, U.S. Special Ops Command (‘07-’11) President, ETO Group, LLC

General Peter Pace, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Operating Partner, Behrman Capital

General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, U.S. Central Command and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, USN (Ret.)

Former U.S. Ambassador to China and Commander of U.S. Pacific Command James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia Senior Advisor to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project

Theodore Roosevelt IV

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Managing Director & Chairman, Barclays Cleantech Initiative

James Rosen

Washington Correspondent, Sînclair Broadcast Group

General Norton A. Schwartz, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

19th Chief of Staff President & Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA)

Gary Sinise

Actor, Director, Musician, and Founder & Chairman of Gary Sinise Foundation

Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Supreme Allied Commander at NATO (‘09-’13) Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group

Jake Tapper

CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent

General Joseph L. Votel, U.S. Army (Ret.)

President & Chief Executive Officer, Business Executives for National Security

General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

20th Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University


Ken Burns

Senior American History Advisor

Each Medal comes with its own incredible story of service and sacrifice. These stories deserve to be honored, shared, and remembered as do their protagonists—young men and women who put service and country above self

- senator tim kaine (d-va)

National Medal of Honor Museum

Through education, leadership, and inspiring spaces for learning and reflection, the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation preserves and expands the impact of the 3,511 award recipients and the more than 40 million Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the Civil War.

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