James J. Laychak
James J. Laychak is currently the Deputy Vice President of Advancement & Alumni Relations at George Mason University (GMU). In this role he works with university leadership to achieve the university’s 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) in Washington, DC. He also has 26 years of varied experience in the consulting industry as a Senior Executive with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. 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 inthe 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 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 the final concept design for the memorial.
Mr. Laychak has led the PMF since its inception and has served as primary public spokesperson for the PMF with the press and television news organizations. Mr. Laychak developed and executed the strategic plan that enabled the PMF to raise the money needed to design and build the Pentagon Memorial which was dedicated on 9/11/2008. Mr. Laychak led the execution of the fundraising plan that raised $25M over a four-and-a-half-year period. He also acted as the primary liaison between family members, senior leadership within the Pentagon, and the design-build firm throughout the construction phase of the Pentagon Memorial.
After the Pentagon Memorial was dedicated in 2008, Mr. Laychak guided the transition of the PMF to an organization focused on designing and building a visitor education and conference center near the Pentagon Memorial. Working closely with the Pentagon’s Washington Headquarters Service and Arlington National Cemetery, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center (VEC) will be a short walking distance from the Pentagon Memorial. When completed, the VEC will complement the Pentagon Memorial and will complete the 9/11 story. The VEC will provide a place to educate future generations about the acts of heroism and bravery that took place at the Pentagon on 9/11 and how our government responded to the 9/11 attack.
Mr. Ammerman has managed the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF) operations, fundraising, national partnerships, and education outreach since the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial groundbreaking in 2006. Once the Pentagon Memorial opened to the public in 2008, Mr. Ammerman led the organization in shifting its focus from fundraising for the memorial to educating the visitors about the memorial, the events on 9/11, and the nation’s response. Mr. Ammerman directed a team of top consultants to conduct research, interviews and focus groups to develop a business plan, conceptual renderings, an experiential narrative and implementation plan for a visitor education center to complement the Pentagon Memorial. Working with the Board of Directors, Department of Defense and Virginia Department of Transportation, Mr. Ammerman identified and coordinated the designation and transfer of property for the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center (VEC) project. To support the project, Mr. Ammerman established working relationships with the FBI, TSA, VDOT, Arlington County, U.S. National Park Service, National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution –National Museum of American History, US Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Simon Properties, Washington Nationals, and established executive level stakeholder advisory groups to engage in the project. As Executive Director, Mr. Ammerman has been leading the design and construction effort forthe VEC project and managing PMF’s daily operations.
In 2009, Mr. Ammerman founded CAA Consulting, LLC a strategic planning and management firm that specializes in building comprehensive multi-sector partnerships to achieve its client's program and fundraising goals. Prior to working with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Mr. Ammerman was Vice President at America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth where he helped establish, build and lead the organization’s development department. Prior to America’s Promise, Mr. Ammerman worked for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) as Manager of Corporate Relations where he expanded partnerships through cause-marketing, public relations and sponsorship opportunities. He also worked in the Development Department at Meridian International Center for several years. Mr. Ammerman has a Master’s of Business Administration from John Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University, Maryland and attended Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Ammerman served on the Board of Directors and now on the Associate Board of the International Student House in Washington DC.
Paige Lance Hahn
Chief Development Officer
Mrs. Hahn currently serves as our Chief Development Officer. With over twenty years of fundraising experience, Mrs. Hahn specializes in individual and corporate major gifts fundraising. Through the company she founded in 2007, Hahn Group, Paige has led fundraising campaigns including the $80 million dollar campaign for the Cleveland Host Committee in 2016, the $200 million fundraising campaign for the Republican Governors Association from 2011-2014, and the $40 million dollar campaign for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Paige works directly with sitting Governors and gubernatorial candidates and, finally, as a proud Virginian, Paige enjoys working with Virginia legislative and state-wide candidates – both on a volunteer basis and professional one.