James J. Laychak
President, Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.
James J. Laychak is currently the Associate Vice President of University Advancement & Alumni Relations at George Mason University (GMU). In this role he works with Deans and Directors of Development in the various academic units at GMU to achieve annual fundraising goals. Prior to working for GMU, Mr. Laychak was employed for two years as the Chief Operating Officer of Center City Public Charter Schools (PCS). He also has 26 years of varied experience in the consulting industry as Senior Executive with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. In addition, since 2003, he has served as the volunteer President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc (PMF). The PMF is the organization that led the effort to raise the funds needed to design, build, and maintain the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.
After losing his younger brother in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Mr. Laychak became involved in the process of creating a memorial on the grounds of the Pentagon to honor the 184 men, women and children killed there on September 11, 2001. Mr. Laychak worked to establish the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF), the non-profit tax-exempt organization responsible for raising the funds to design, build and maintain the Pentagon Memorial. From the earliest stages, Mr. Laychak served as Member of the Steering Committee that helped guide the project’s site selection and design competition, including the juried process to pick final concept design.
Mr. Laychak has led the Pentagon Memorial Fund since its inception and has served as primary public spokesperson for the Fund with the press and television news organizations. Mr. Laychak developed and executed the strategic vision for the organization that enabled the PMF to raise the money needed to design and build the Memorial which was dedicated on 9/11/2008 (five and a half years after the PMF was created), and developed and executed the fundraising plan that raised $25M over a four and a half year period.
Mr. Laychak acted as the primary liaison between family members, senior leadership within the Pentagon, and the design-build firm throughout the construction phase of the Memorial. He also co-executive produced a documentary on the creation of the Pentagon Memorial that is currently airing on local television stations around the country.
In conjunction with developing and leading the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Mr. Laychak served as Senior Executive in Accenture’s Public Service Operating Unit in Washington, D.C. As a member of Accenture’s Federal Sales Team, Mr. Laychak helped identify and track various opportunities within Accenture’s target US Federal Government Agencies. Mr. Laychak facilitated strategy sessions with internal client teams and teaming partners to identify buyer values, key differentiators and win themes for targeted opportunities. In addition, he led teams to develop multimillion dollar proposals to win work and acted as mentor to train other professionals in Accenture’s Sales Methodology.
Mr. Laychak was named one of 12 Washingtonians of the Year for 2008, recognized for his efforts in helping to create the Pentagon Memorial, the first National 9/11 Memorial dedicated in this country. He also received Fox News Sunday “Power Player of the Week” in both September 2006 and September 2008.
Mr. Laychak earned a B.S. in Accounting and Decision Services (double major) from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is married to Lynn Gumowski and has a son Ryan (UVA 2015) and a daughter Megan who will attend college in the fall of 2015.